Jumaniji: Welcome to the Jungle – Trailer

When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of – Jumanji – they are immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

I like the concept that they’ve gone with here. Taking the Jumanji mythos and running with it, giving it a bit of modern flavour and most of all, having fun with it!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will open in December.

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It’s Official: Ron Howard will take over directing the Han Solo project

The front runner of the choice of directors to take over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the untitled young Han Solo film has been confirmed by Lucasfilm. The announcement came in a press release on StarWars.com:

Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci CodeFrost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.

The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

They still have about 3 weeks or so of production where Howard will have to review footage they already have and make the tough choices of what to keep and what to re-shoot, for which another 5 weeks have been scheduled. There could be some clashes in the future that the production will have to keep in mind with Emilia Clarke likely to return to filming for Game of Thrones (provided she doesn’t die in season 7) and Donald Glover to shoot Atlanta season 2 soon.

What will this mean for the film? Good question. Ron Howard is a safe choice and he will produce the best movie he can. He is a competent director who has work on a few average films in the last little while, the best recent film he has directed was Rush so we’ll see how we go. I can give you a proper answer in May next year.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired from Han Solo anthology film

I didn’t write about this when the announcement was made because there wasn’t all that much information. Now we have a report from Variety that sheds more light on the situation.

Yesterday, Lucasfilm announced that 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had exited the untitled Han Solo production citing creative differences. Lord and Miller had also released a very co-operative statement. The film has been in principle photography since January this year.

Variety talked to an unknown source with knowledge of the production who said that the chemistry between the directors and Lucasfilm boss, Kathleen Kennedy was never right. The source went on to say that Lord and Miller also clashed with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan who has been heavily involved in Star Wars since Empire Strikes Back.

“Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” said the source. “It became a very polarising set.”

Kathleen Kennedy in her announcement stated that a new director will be announced shortly. There have been reports from Variety again and Deadline saying the Ron Howard may be the front running candidate for that new director spot.

Ron Howard would no doubt work well with Kennedy, Kasdan and Lucasfilm, he would tow the line and work well with the studio. However, Lord and Miller were hired for their comedic chops and it’d be interesting to see how what they have filmed will blend in with Howard’s product. Let’s also point out that Gareth Edwards suffered similar clashes with Kennedy during production of Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. Tony Gilroy was brought in to direct some of the re-shoots for that film.

I’m not concerned (yet) about these recent developments because of the issues that went down with Rogue One, and the film still ended up being an enjoyable Star Wars movie. I’ll be watching the developments of this production very closely.

The still untitled young Han Solo film is still slated for a May 25, 2018, release date. We will most likely see or hear updates from the upcoming D23 convention and/or Comic Con.

Movie News – June 13th, 2017

Adam West dies age 88

The man behind one of the most iconic portrayals of Batman died over the weekend. Adam west continued to be popular and beloved by people everywhere since the Sixties. He will be sorely missed.

Marvel unveils a new Black Panther Teaser Trailer

We’ve still got Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok to come this year but Marvel has given us our first look at Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.

Not much in Movie news this week, E3 is coming up so if you are a big Gamer, it’s basically Christmas!

Due to the Long Weekend in most States in Australia, the Box Office Report should be out tomorrow.

Movie News – June 6th, 2017

Wonder Woman is officially the biggest opening for a film directed by a female in Hollywood history.

Hollywood is notorious for being an industry dominated by men. Even now in 2017, women have to fight for the same pay for leading a film. I hope this is a step in the right direction. Wonder Woman opened to US box offices with over $100 million, the highest opening for a female directed film. What’s more is, this is a female led superhero film, something even Marvel hasn’t done. Admittedly, this should have been the first, it is Wonder Woman, but after almost 10 years Marvel still hasn’t pulled off this feat.

Patty Jenkins announced for Wonder Woman 2

Director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins has been announced to be directing the sequel. This is no surprise as not only was the film a huge opener in the box office, it would have been in her contract to deliver a sequel should the first find success. Jenkins has already said in an interview with EW that she knows where she wants the second film to go, “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”

John Wick 3 will begin production later this year

Writer Derek Kolstad will return and will be working with Chad Stahelski on a third movie in the Keanu Reeves action movie. They have said that the film should go in to production in the American Fall.

Top Gun 2 gets a title and plot details, courtesy of Tom Cruise

After revealing that a Top Gun sequel was going to happen on Sunrise in Australia. Tom Cruise spoke to Access Hollywood giving us a title and a little of what we can expect.

“It’s not gonna be called Top Gun 2 it’s gonna be Top Gun: Maverick. I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number. We’re gonna have the same tone that we had with the first one. Stylistically it’s gonna be the same. We’re gonna have the same score from Harold Faltermeyer. Aviators are back. The need for speed, we’re gonna have big machines. It’s gonna be a competition film like the first one, and it’s gonna be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one but a progression for Maverick.”

Last Weekend’s Box Office Report

# | Movie | Gross (in US$) | Days in Release | Total Gross (in US$)
1 | Wonder Woman | $5,035,387 | 3 | $5,035,387
2 | Baywatch | $2,589,935 | 3 | $2,589,935
3 | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | $1,852,832 | 10 | $7,367,546
4 | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 | $416,394 | 38 | $23,647,975
5 | King Arthur: Legend of the Sword | $352,073 | 17 | $3,645,866

Information gathered from The Numbers:
http://www.the-numbers.com/weekend-box-office-chart/Australia

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

“My name is Hercule Poirot and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.”

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the star-studded Murder on the Orient Express. Based on the Agatha Christie novel and directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film is set on a packed train where one of the passengers is murdered, Detective Hercule Poirot, played by Branagh, is on the case, and begins narrowing his suspects one by one.

This trailer looks great and I am very excited for this film. I think a cast including Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin and Marwan Kenzari being directed by Kenneth Branagh based on this classic story will bring a fantastic film..

Murder on the Orient Express hits cinemas November 9th.

Early Reviews for Wonder Woman are wonderfully positive!

The embargo has lifted and the reviews are in. Wonder Woman has got the internet in a whirl.

Rotten Tomatoes has the current rating at 97% with 64 out of 66 positive reviews and the 2 ‘rotten’ reviews still talk about the many upsides of the film giving a 2/5 and a 2.5/5 each.

Naturally, with more screenings still to come and more reviews coming out the score will go down a little. But I’m looking forward to see this film so much. I plan to see it on Thursday night and will have a review up on Friday.

The excitement will continue to build over the next few days. Without seeing this film yet, I encourage everyone to go out and support this movie. Show Warner Bros. that this is the kind of superhero movie we want.

Movie News – May 30th, 2017

X-Men film New Mutants to be a proper horror movie

Director Josh Boone has said “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no super villains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.” The film was originally going to be a young adult film. New Mutants currently has Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy attached as cast members with Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) rumoured for a role and Rosario Dawson in negotiations.

Boss Baby 2 in development

It made money, this is no surprise. Alec Baldwin has been confirmed to return to voice the title character. The film is currently scheduled for a 2021 release date. Will the Boss Baby hype be well and gone by then?

Animated ‘The Jetsons’ movie to be developed by Sausage Party director

The project has been in the works for over 20 years, the original concept was to do a live action version akin to the Flintstones films from the 90s. They seem to have scrapped that idea in favour of animation, which is probably a good call.

-And now that I’ve just written that, I feel the need to watch and review the two Flintstones movies, The Flintstones (1994) and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000). Check back in the next little while!

Last Weekend’s Box Office Report

# | Movie | Gross (in US$) | Days in Release | Total Gross (in US$)
1 | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | $4,383,918 | 3 | $4,383,918
2 | King Arthur: Legend of the Sword | $797,882 | 10 | $3,038,692
3 | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 | $755,531 | 31 | $23,075,499
4 | John Wick: Chapter Two | $641,245 | 10 | $2,449,288
5 | Snatched | $613,625 | 17 | $4,974,583

Information gathered from The Numbers:
http://www.the-numbers.com/weekend-box-office-chart/Australia

Star Wars 40th Anniversary – Happy Birthday!

It’s the 25th of May and 40 years ago today, the film industry, the toy industry and fandom changed.

Star Wars has had an effect on the entire world over the last four decades. Now I’m not going to lie, I love Star Wars and I keep up with the new cannon as much as possible. You’ll probably see a lot of Star Wars related blog posts on this new revived version of NFB.

Vanity Fair has released some new photos  from The Last Jedi for their Star Wars Anniversary special. Plus a few little plot details.

The images of the glamorous people you’ll see in the gallery is from a planet called Canto Bight. Described as “a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief and “a playground, basically, for rich assholes”.

Benicio Del Toro is playing a “shady character of unclear allegiances” who is never named in the film, but his character has been dubbed “DJ”. All director Rian Johnson has said is “You’ll see—there’s a reason why we call him DJ”. Now, I’m not one to speculate all that much but you look closely enough at DJ’s face and while it looks like its on the wrong side… he has a scar across his cheek. For those that have seen Star Wars Rebels… could he be Ezra?

Meanwhile, Laura Dern will play Vice Admiral Holdo, a prominent officer in the Resistance (and straight out of the Capitol of Panem). It also looks like Kelly Marie Tran’s character Rose, has a sister named Paige who will be played by Veronica Ngo. Paige will be a gunner that will be under the tutelage of Poe Dameron.

Check out the gallery below and head to Vanity Fair for all their Star Wars articles. There’s also a behind the scenes video that Vanity Fair released below the Gallery.

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Roger Moore dies at age 89

The family of Sir Roger Moore, 7 time James Bond, announced his death yesterday. Moore was 89 and had a short but brave battle with cancer. Roger Moore’s Bond is one of my favourites, his films like the Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker are some fantastic James Bond stories.

Do yourself a favour and watch some of Roger Moore’s films, he will be sorely missed.