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International Trailer For John Steinbeck Adaptation ‘In Dubious Battle’ Is Stacked with Talent – Trailer Review

With the final third of the year on it’s way, that means the Oscar caliber movies show themselves a little more and this appears to be a film that wants to enter the race. Starring a cast of actors and actresses that each of us can recognize, it takes on the period piece narrative about apple pickers who fight against their unfair wages and treatment in 1930’s California.

Again, the cast is enough to intrigue me and it looks to have captured the era in which the story is set fluently. While I want to still see the movie, the trailer feels a bit pretentious in it’s delivery. The over dramatic scores and “visceral” scenes that they’re trying to show in order to prove these actors can act is a little much and the less is more approach would have suited this trailer that much better.

But all said and done, I think this can be a really good movie and novel adaptation, especially if it’s coming from the legendary John Steinbeck. Look out for possible buzz on this film in the next coming months. Oh, did I mention that James Franco is directing this one? That’s pretty cool in of itself, but let’s hope he’s not forcing his Oscar chances and knows better to just make a good movie.

Who Should Play Deathstroke In DC Extended Universe? – Top 5 List

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With the recent news on Deathstroke likely being the main villain of Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, the next question is the one I make these lists for… who the heck is playing him? It’s not confirmed who will portray the iconic DC villain, but I will throw some names in the hat for the deadliest assassin arguably in all of comics.

1. Joe Manganiello

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He has been my day one choice since Affleck was cast as Batman. Why I don’t know? Oh wait, yes I do, it’s because it’s obvious casting! The man passes the eye test in more ways than one with his peppered beard, 6’5″ frame, and acting ability so why not cast the man? It doesn’t hurt that he is one of the younger actors on the list and could do the physical nature of the role for years to come with a convincing technical approach to it all. He was rumored to be a name on the list of actors that DC would want if they brought Deathstroke to the film world and I tend to agree with them.

2. Richard Armitage

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Fun fact: Armitage was a candidate for the role Affleck is now playing, yep I mean Batman, but The Hobbit actor is far too talented to not still be worth looking at for a DC character role. His turn as Thorin Oakenshield at some points was terrifying and the villainy, yet gentle acting ability would be superb for the cool under pressure Deathstroke. It doesn’t hurt Armitage is 6′ 2″ and could match up nicely against Affleck’s massive Batman and let’s not forget Armitage’s killer baritone voice he possesses.

3. Gerard Butler

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The 300 actor knows how to bring a gritty comic book style character to life and he has a menacing, but almost romantic presence about him every time he is on screen. Deathstroke is mercilous killer with a code of sorts and Butler could get that more than easily. Besides, we need to see him in cooler roles than the ones we’ve seen in recent years i.e. Gods of Egypt or any of those crappy rom-coms he’s been in. Bring him back to the spotlight in a good way.

4. Tom Hardy

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This pick is almost a default for any and everyone including myself because Tom Hardy is just that good. What makes Hardy so spectacular as an actor is the use of his eyes and since Deathstroke only has one eye, Hardy’s skills could fit perfectly to bring that fright and terror of a skilled assassin to the DCEU yet again. Heck, he was supposed to be Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, but looking back, I’m glad he went away from the role  and has a chance to be another DC character beyond Bane.

5. Stephen Lang

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Stephen Lang is coming off a really great little horror film called Don’t Breathe, but even before that I saw him in Avatar which proved to me that he can do the military villain perfectly. I know his age might be a concern for most, but assume he is only showing his face and using his voice because Deathstroke wears a mask a majority of the time and stunt doubles will be there either way. Ironically, I think he could be Slade or Cable, and the reason that’s funny is because Cable is reluctant partners with Deathstroke copycat and spook Deadpool. 

Honorable Mention:

1. Karl Urban

Not only is he now tied down with Marvel, but…actually that’s about the only reason why he’s not on the list. Cast in the third Thor film, Urban would likely not be able to jump over to DC movies, but if he was able to, I’d say cast him ASAP. Karl Urban, like Gerard Butler, is incredibly talented and electrifying when he’s on the screen, but he seems to play the background or just falls into movies not many people see.

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Do We Have Confirmation of Ben Affleck’s Batman Villain?!

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If we are too believe the statement given to us from the source seen below, then it would mean that we just got confirmed news on the villain for Ben Affleck’s solo effort as Batman. I saw this tweet this morning on the East Coast and was praying it wasn’t a joke and my prayers seem to have been heard.

I’ve been lobbying for Deathstroke to appear in a film since Affleck was cast for countless reasons. The obvious is because he’s a bad-ass villain with a lot to work with as well as the added element of action he could bring to the film. Deathstroke’s comedic spoof over at Marvel aka Deadpool has since made waves as a fan favorite for nearly every person that’s read or seen him, but it wouldn’t have happened if Deathstroke didn’t come first.

Fans of the good seasons of Arrow on the CW will know of who Slade Wilson is and how his outstanding portrayal by Manu Bennett brought him to the forefront of mainstream conscious for the better. Magic Mike actor Joe Mangienello was rumored to be a frontrunner for the role and I am of the belief that he’s the ideal candidate for the spot to this day.

Oddly enough, Batman has only seen Slade since the 90’s, but Slade’s run-ins with the Teen Titans and Green Arrow are noted for being his arch rivals, but thanks to the video games as well, Deathstroke and Batman have been able to duke it out numorous occassions. The question now is who will play Deathstroke?


Source: TheWrap

I’m Going To Need Volunteers…

I’ve decided to bring you the readers into an article for once by bringing on a few of you to list off your Ten Favorite Movies of all time… in order! All I would need is for you guys to go to my Facebook page at The Gunn Range: Movies and like the page and message me either on here or any other social medias at thegunnrange.

I will post your first name and last initial and quote you on why you like those movies or films in general.

I hope to hear from you!

First Official Trailer For ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Is Gripping – Trailer Review

One of the many indie darlings that came out of Sundance has it’s first official trailer and stars Casey Affleck as a reluctant guardian to a teenage boy in what appears to be an award caliber showing from everyone involved. You won’t get any action set pieces or CGI here and that’s okay because what we get is not a step into unbelievable plotting, but rather it’s polar opposite.

Affleck has always shined in whatever role he is in whether he is alongside his brother in Good Will Hunting all the way up underrated roles in Gone Baby Gone or Out of the Furnace. This seems to be one of those emotionally powerful films that centers around family with looks to have glass shattering emotional depth alongside it’s “brittle humor” as the trailer describes, and that is promising.

Unfortunately, The Birth of a Nation controversy has taken away from the fact that alongside it was this film as the front-runners for awards come the third act of the year and if the unfortunate issues with Nate Parker allegations prove to be detrimental then this film could rise to the occasion and steal the show.

The Hype For Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is Seeing A Fall After Past Rape Allegations Surface

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After setting Sundance ablaze, actor turned writer-director Nate Parker had hype buzzing around him like bees to the hive, but he is now feeling the sting more than we ever thought he would due to a resurfaced rape allegation from 2001. Parker is now 36 and has since been acquitted but accused of reprehensible acts (whatever those are).  After Parker’s directorial debut scored applause at nearly all major film festivals, the hype has gone just as quickly, and Academy voters are expressing their newfound lack of interest in seeing the film.

Specifically, Marcia Nasatir, an Academy voter, has been quoted saying; “Do I want to see a movie from someone who has committed an assault against a woman and who I do not think recognizes his guilt? Right now, based on what I’ve read, I would not go to the movie.”

Is it fair if other members of the voting circles follow her suit? I can’t say you’d be wrong in saying yes because rape and even allegations are something to never be taken lightly with or without someone being found guilty in this case, but it only got worse when the supposed victim killed herself in 2012. What was originally going to be a topical film in a time in America where black men are being treated a certain way (often negatively), this can put a damper on what could have been a prominent change in not just the “Oscars So White” discussion, but diversity in general. The new question I have to ask myself is not about diversity, but when is it right to separate an artist from their past or present wrong doings?

Let’s not be hypocritical here, I know of tons of great films that have won awards before and after controversy surrounding the stars or directors, whether for better or for much worse, and we have to make sure a standard will be set for these artists guilty or not. As far as these films winning Oscars, it is at those moments we have to step back and respect everyone else who worked hard on the film while recognizing their efforts in a way that translates to awards. Woody Allen is still making movies and directing people other than himself, but should Cate Blanchett have not won for Blue Jasmine just because Woody Allen directed it? I won’t even get into Roman Polanski’s story because he’s a guilty sick bastard who fled the country (America) to not go to jail.

The subject of rape should never be taken lightly in any regards in any situation. Period. I just want us as a society to figure out a standard for situations like these. Parker’s best friend and co-writer of the film was the second supposed rapist in the past case and served six months in jail for it before the charges were overturned. If that’s the case, can we breath a sigh of relief or are we holding our breaths in the disgust of the outcomes? It’s blurred when it shouldn’t be, but if we are being shallow and strictly focusing on dividing the art with the artist, it can be damn near impossible, but if we’ve done it with other criminals and assholes out there then we have to divide the art and artist or the double standards we fight will only split us apart even more.

Lionsgate To Develop DC Comic ‘The Monolith’ For The Silver Screen

If I told you that the story of an old Jewish folk tale had a comic book twist to it would you still read on? Well good, you’ve made it to the next sentence, and now I can tell what the heck this future film is. Even as the comic book reader I claim to be, I don’t think I’d be considered too much of fool if I said I hadn’t known what the heck this was until yesterday. After reading the synopsis about a hulkish being brought to life during Depression era Brooklyn created to murder and kill I was immediately hooked.

The Monolith is a small selling comic that will be brought to life by Deadpool director Tim Miller’s production company Blur Studio for Lionsgate. The creators of the comic, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, will get to see their story come to life through the eyes of Dave Wilson with a script from Barnett Brettler.

This is a direction comic book adaptations need to go in order to survive. While I love the Justice League members and Avengers members, it’s nice to get a Guardians of the Galaxy once in awhile or even an Edge of Tomorrow (yeah that’s a manga comic) to break the monotony. This could be a horror action film at it’s most unique (sort of) because it can have that flare of a comic book movie while still providing a more visceral and frightening look of a Golem like being doing as it’s master(s) tell it.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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