Two of the most iconic extra-terrestrial beings put into film at 20th Century Fox are making their returns to the big screen in a big way, but don’t worry, these are solo films. They tried and failed with an Alien vs Predator (twice) and I think they learned their lessons.
Ridley Scott’s much anticipated prequel/sequel to his hit film Alien and the polarizing Prometheus will be moved from it’s October release into the summer in August while “The Predator” will come out in March 2018 with the director of The Monster Squad and Shane Black returning to pare up for the sequel to the 1987 classic.
October seems like the better month for a horror/sci-fi movie to come out and puting Alien: Covenent in the summer could add competition and take away the best month for any form of scary movie.
March on the otherhand deems a good fit for a film that hasn’t a movie surrounding it since the flop of Predators back in 2010 with Adrian Brody.
From the financial woahs this film supposedly had to the changing of directors at the beginning of the process it seems like there is nothing in this hand worth setting on the table. Gambit has been the baby of Channing Tatum and has him as a producer and the star of the movie, but the film just recently got its release date pulled from the original fall 2016 date.
There is no real surprise it has moved from a time this year since it hasn’t even started production, but why have there been so many issues to get this film off the ground?
Doug Liman took on the title of director after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes direct Rupert Wyatt dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and creative differences. The future of Gambit seems to be going the wrong way, but I will give more details when they arrive.
The Oscars are never perfect, no they are never perfect, but they are fun nonetheless. With Chris Rock unabashedly taking jabs at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy looming over the prestigious award show was no surprise, but it doesn’t mean people weren’t any less uncomfortable and slightly annoyed at the constant bashing of the Academy – which is run by a black woman by the way – and then the use of little Asian children as props for a semi-funny joke about the creation of technology.
There was far more diversity and surprising picks for than I think the normal audience would have predicted and that is where I want to highlight some of the winners and losers of the Oscars, but first, let’s just make clear that Cate Blanchett and Charlize Theron are goddesses and definitely won all things fashion on the red carpet.
- Australians: Mad Max was on a tear and ended up taking home six Oscars in the technical categories, but none for its director George Miller nor did it get the coveted Best-Picture nomination. Either way, they were well represented at the awards and proved that genre pictures can be exceptional too.
- Leonardo DiCaprio and his fans: No longer can we make “Leo has no Oscar” jokes, but I think Leo and ourselves are fine with retiring them. He took home the gold for his work in The Revenant which ended up being his too lose. He then used his allotted time to once again bring up topical issues about the environment which brought roaring applause.
- Brie Larson & Jacob Tremblay: If you follow me on twitter (at thegunnrange) you will know I was gushing over these two stars of Room and their chemistry and all around likability. You could see them sharing high fives and smiles all night and it was only getting cuter and cuter. Tremblay is not even ten years old yet and he has the intellect of a veteran and his cuteness permeated screens as his co-star took home her first Oscar for Best-Actress.
- Louis C.K.: I’m always scouting potential hosts of the future Oscars and it wasn’t hard for Louis C.K. to showcase why he’s the best choice. He made me and audiences laugh the hardest when presenting the Best Documentary Short and stated that “this award was likely going home in a Honda Civic”. He has my vote for next host.
- Stacey Dash & Confused People Everywhere: I’m not normally this crude or blunt, but when this bitch came on stage our population went back to having foreheads for a moment. For those who aren’t aware of this fool’s controversy and why she came up on stage to waste our time and give herself a shot in the spotlight, it was because she more or less stated that BET needs to be shut down and the NAACP should not be continuing their aid of black people. Yeah she’s black, if only by technicality. No one knew the joke and even those who did could not bare to laugh nor see her stupid attention whore self on stage at the Oscars.
- Best-Supporting Actors You Wanted to Win: This has been one of the most stacked categories in recent memory and it’s not hard to see why, but this year was not nearly as clear cut. Mark Rylance had a great performance and no one will argue that, but I think the impact for me and audiences came from a nostalgia pick like Stallone for Creed while folks like myself actually saw Spotlight and loved it knew Mark Ruffalo should have been the guy. The scene where he’s screaming at his own journalism team is where he wins it, but I guess the Academy wanted to give it to the older guy. All good I suppose.
- Chris Rock: This was a hosting gig that didn’t become satirical as in South Park, but rather like an art-house film that forgot it wasn’t on a news channel. As a black man, I completely understood and appreciated the passion, but that doesn’t make it not funny. I want to be entertained, not preached at, and the sermons were entirely too long for our liking.
- Sam Smith: Don’t worry, I liked your song. It’s that whole not knowing who’s gay and who’s already the awards thing I don’t like. Research those bold statements before you make them homie.
- Flint Michigan Fundraiser: Girl Scout Cookie money could be aiding people who have toxic water, just saying.
All in all, the awards were passed to those I felt deserved it. Naturally, you have a preference over another person, but that doesn’t make the winner less deserving. Yes there is a color issue, but that doesn’t mean the Oscars weren’t diverse. We had Australians, Hispanics/Latinos, and whichever Chileans fall under take home historic Oscars last night and that’s a beautiful thing.
But it was Spotlight that took home the granddaddy of them all. It came home with Best-Picture and gave Tom MCCarthy his first nomination and win for Original Screenplay.
What were highlights and lowlights from last night’s Oscars and who do you want to be the next host? I have Louis C.K. or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The biggest award show of them all will be starting on a television near you at 5:30 on ABC, but with the controversy surrounding all the nominees being white, a healthy amount of minority figures will be attending a fundraiser in Flint Michigan instead. Not that the Oscars are going to flop because of this, but it may cause a dip in views for the prestigious award show as as Creed and Selma directors Ryan Coogler and Ava Duvernay among others have decided to not attend and put their efforts into something more beneficial to a crisis that has been swept under the rug by political figures of Flint Michigan.
Ryan Coogler directed one of the years best films in Creed, but only garnered one nomination and that was for Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky.
Coogler founded Blackout for Human Rights that has recruited notable names like Duvernay, Nate Parker, Donald Glover, and Janelle Monae and will put their talents and focuses on fixing the water problem that Flint Michigan has been dealing with for Lord knows how long. Either way, hopefully by this time next year we can see positive changes everywhere from the Oscars to the water damage in Flint and we won’t have to make hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite.
It looks like we can stop wondering if David Fincher is still attached to his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney as of today because Deadline is reporting they have signed The Wolverine director James Mangold to direct a “Captain Nemo” film that will tell the origin of the fictionalized sea captain. This won’t hault the production of the sequel to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine from what we know.
Disney made a live-action telling of the Jules Verne tale back in 1954 where it received numerous awards and praise as an early classic from the iconic House of Mouse. Since then, they’ve wanted to bring the story back to life, and for awhile they had David Fincher and his screenwriter for Se7en to pen the story only for Fincher to go off and direct Gone Girl a few years later.
This won’t be the first nor the last a studio chooses to make a film based on the same material as another studio. Fox has confirmed Bryan Singer will be the director behind their version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea after the final production of X-Men: Apocalypse ends.
Deadpool has done something no other R-Rated film has done and that’s make over $500 million dollars worldwide in just a a couple weeks, that’s nucking futs!
It made me want to go back and compile a list of comic book movies that worked as Rated-R adaptations. Now, just because I say comic book does not mean only superheroes with capes and the ability to fly, but the properties that had adult content through their print days and saw that transition into Rated-R films.
8. Dredd (2012): A cult classic whose impact didn’t reach me until about a month ago, I had seen the film when it came out only to be disappointed and overwhelmed by the colorful gore and flared style of camera work, but when you go back knowing what the film is, you can’t help but sit back and munch on some popcorn and enjoy. Karl Urban is a great Dredd and doesn’t even show his face through the whole movie, but he still has us captivated through this South Korean style of action movie – made in America – that holds nothing back with the psychedelics and violence.
7. Blade (1998) & Blade II (2002): Why does Blade never get the credit he deserves? A Marvel property like those movies you and your mom see all the time, Blade was Rated-R when this genre didn’t know what it even was. It brought a black lead actor, blood and guts, but a fun and timeless peek into what a genre could eventually be. Blade oozed cool like blood from his fangs and the action just as hard. One of the trailblazers for a genre when there were failed Punisher movies and straight to DVD Marvel movies (their terrible), Blade stood strong in the dark waiting to appear to us.
6. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014): An homage to the spy genre as well as the stylings of graphic novels and comic books alike, Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to comic book adaptations nor fearless film making that pushes the limits to what audiences think they know about their films. Not only was it a surprise to all us, mainly because it was an unfamiliar property, but it was a property we quickly grew to love and admire over time. It also gave us the stuttering Oscar-winner from The King’s Speech and made him an action star we wish we could be.
5. V For Vendetta (2005): Hugo Weaving’s smooth and unflinching voice is given to the vigilante simply known as V as he saves a young woman (Natalie Portman) from the oppressive fascist government and the scum that breed the streets of this broken down London. An epic that hits right in the relevancy about terrorism, corruption, and “the people” rising to fight for their rights and freedom is something that will never tire out nor will the alliteration filled monologue spoken by V in the beginning of the film.
4. Sin City (2005): This is a criminally undevalued film for what it truly is. It’s a monochromatic crime drama through the eyes of Robert Rodriguez and the literature of Frank Miller telling a story about the filthiest people in this black and white neo-noir. Sadly, no one takes noirs as seriously as they did in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, but that doesn’t take away from the brilliant narrative that follows true to one of the best graphic novels of all time. Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis deliver unlike they have before only to impress us further.
3. 300 (2006): You know the quotes, you know the blood, and you know the rippling abs. This was the film that broke director Zack Snyder onto the scene and brought us screaming brute of a Scot Gerard Butler to the forefront. Highly stylized with action we had never seen and a color scheme that throws more red and tannish golds than the San Francisco 49ers, it’s a brilliant action film that does the age of Greeks, Romans, and Spartans alike in a way we can enjoy.
2. Deadpool (2016): Some may think this is too low and others will think it’s too high, but I’m not some. Deadpool was easily one of the best comedies, let alone comic book adaptations, I have seen so far, and the financial and critical success tells it all. Reynolds was born to play this role like Jerry Rice was born to catch footballs. It has everything people wanted and more. From romance, to comedy, to action, to heart, to wall shattering narration (literally), and so on. Deadpool is great.
1. Watchmen (2009): This is my list so stop your bitching and moaning that Deadpool isn’t automatically number one, I loved Deadpool the film and will always love his comics, but Watchmen was the un-makeable film that managed to stay true to a story that has more twists and turns than a crooked road and was brought to life by the nerdy hands of Zack Snyder to every fans pleasure, but not to the masses pleasure sensors. It’s a gorgeous film with quality acting and inspired casting that will hold up for years to come as one of the most faithful adaptations of any print work to film we may likely see.
Tell me your favorite rated-R comic book movie! I know I left some serious contenders off of here, but these were the most obvious genre picks of them all I wanted to acknowledge.
Is there anything these two can’t do in Hollywood today? Not only are they one of the most beautiful celebrity couples in the world, but they are two of the most talented in their craft. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, a couple finds a baby that washes up on their lighthouse beach during WWI and decisions have to be made on whether they keep the child they’ve raised or give her back to her supposed mother.
This is directed by Derek Cianfrance who has collaborated with Ryan Gosling in both Blue Valentine and A Place Beyond the Pines. His style relies on the harshest and most conflicting emotions the human psyche has to offer as well as inner conflicts between people and their loved ones, and while that’s depressing as f**k, he makes captivating cinema for the cinephile in all of us.
The film comes out later this year.