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Splinter Cell Movie Is Supposedly Distancing From Other Notable Film Franchises & Video Game Movies

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I have no expectations anymore for video game adaptations. Zilch. Nada. None. It’s not hard to see why either. These movies have all sucked since the dawn of time and end up being better movies to play drinking games with than to actually sit down and enjoy. I don’t expect Splinter Cell to be any different, whether Tom Hardy is attached or not because no matter how big the star has been in these films, they’ve all been wasted on ridiculous scripts or otherwise.

The good news for those of you excited is that Tom Hardy is still attached to star in the film, but from a report with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, the movie may not resemble the video much at all.

From the report and interview, the script is finished and kind of “long”. I don’t know about you guys, but a long movie is fine with me if it means the story is complete and there is more fun to be had. Apparently the script is just waiting for approval from their hopeful star of the film as well as the studio.

The report also helped me out, as a non-gamer who’s unfamiliar with the properties idiosyncrasies, with explaining whether or not the differences from game to film will be good or not.

Does the financial box office of Assassin’s Creed play into Splinter Cell or are these separate things?

Iwanyk: They’re separate kind of things. The story of the financial success of Assassin’s Creed is yet to be told because we do live in an international world; it’s still rolling out. Assassin’s Creed had a very specific world to it and a very specific storyline, character, all that stuff. Splinter Cell really is a first-person shooter game. And so the challenge of making Splinter Cell interesting was we didn’t have this IP with a very specific backstory. That allowed us to make up our own world and really augment and fill out the characters. I don’t think one applies to the other because I don’t think our movie will feel like a movie that came out of a video game, I think it’ll feel like a badass, Tom Hardy action movie, which is what we wanted.

Author of the article had this in his own personal response through the article:

“Here’s where I’ll have to disagree a little bit, and I’m assuming that Splinter Cell fans will, too. The series centers on Sam Fisher, a character with a well-established background, personality, physical appearance, and relationships, all set in a realistic modern world with very real and complex problems. In short, unless the movie is going completely off-book, there’s enough existing IP here to draw from. That being said, Tom Hardy could make a very convincing Sam Fisher.”

That to me is where video game adaptations always go awry. If you’re adapting a video game with quality story elements to it, why not do your best to bring those elements into the film? It doesn’t have to be a carbon copy of the game, but at least create something with a backbone that will actually support itself. Otherwise, why call it by the video game title?

For me, realize the genre of the film you want to make, which in this case would serve best as a military operations film in the realm of Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Lone Survivor as Dave Trubone wrote later on. It makes sense and I think fans and casual movie goers alike just want a good film. Just get it done already…. Easy for me to say I guess.

Source: Collider

 

 

BREAKING: Ben Affleck Drops Out of Directing His Solo Batman Film

The struggles at DC and Warner seem to keep piling up like a sports team with countless injuries. The mad scramble to find a director has now been included for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film. The good news is that he will still star in the film as well as be a producer for all the DC films until further notice.

I can’t say there’s much shock in this news because of all the exhausting questions regarding the film’s script, production, and direction. Affleck’s Live By Night also didn’t gain positive critical reception nor good financial gain at the box office for Warner Brothers and I imagine the poor guy is just burned out.

Affleck gave a public statement and had this to say,

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

If you think about his comments, it all makes sense, and isn’t the end of the world. Would we have liked to see Affleck’s directorial vision of the film? Sure, but it’s smart to put most of your energy into a specific area in order to create the best film you can. His search for a director won’t be that hard I imagine since it is a Batman film after all and Affleck will still be collaborating with that director on the film.

I know a lot of you haters don’t think Zack Snyder is great director, but what he did with Batman in Batman v Superman was not the problem. Since that’s likely not happening, a name Warner Brothers likes is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves who has proven to be a phenomenal story teller in the world of sci-fi/action/adventure which works with the stark nature of a Batman film.

With Reeve’s name brought up, I may actually be more excited about The Batman than I was with even Affleck’s name in the running.

Source: Variety

 

What Do The 2017 SAG Award Winners Mean For Their Oscar Chances?

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The SAG Awards are usually a great way to determine the front-runner for the Oscars of that year, but this time there were more impressive wins that previously discussed. With such a non-definitive year in cinema the possible winners for the Oscars could indeed be different from the SAG Winners, but it’s possible that the SAG Winners are a predictor for who will take home the gold at the Academy Awards.

From the winners shown below, this may be what we see some of the major film categories look like. Besides Hidden Figures taking home best Ensemble Cast which is the equivalent to Best-Picture at the Oscars, there are some pretty notable wins from last night. Mahershala Ali was my dark horse for the Oscar for Best-Supporting Actor, but now he may jump to my front-runner.

Denzel taking home the statue last night also makes me wonder how much of a favorite Casey Affleck can be as of now. Sexual assault accusations never help anyone in life, but it makes you wonder if that’s affected his chances. That being said, Denzel was damn good in Fences and definitely brought more depth to his role compared to Affleck. Heck, even Denzel in his acceptance speech said he thought the “young man” was going to get the award and pointed towards Affleck.

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The one winner I’m most excited about is Emma StoneLa La Land is unmatched as my favorite film of the year as well as being the overall best film made in 2016. Her win last proves, one, she’s absolutely adorable and incredibly funny, and two, her performance made as much an impact on other people as it did on me. She acted as an actor in a musical where she sang and danced live alongside an incredibly talented Ryan Gosling and still stole the spotlight. That’s nothing short of impressive. In the end, I think the SAG’s may prove to be yet again another accurate depiction of what is yet to come at the Oscars this coming month.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Captain Fantastic
Fences
*** WINNER: Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
*** WINNER: Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Natalie Portman, Jackie
*** WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

*** WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

*** WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

 

The 2017 SAG Awards Was Nothing Short of Eventful and Fun To Watch

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Last night, TNT hosted the 26th Annuel Screen Actors Guild Awards where television and film are recognized by their peers in an award ceremony that often foreshadows the outcome of the Oscars weeks later. With such riveting speeches detailing the conflict our country with recent events there was no celebrity shying away from using their platform to not just receive an award, but share their voices to millions of people watching and to the audience around them.

There were highlights galore with very little conflict to even discuss. From the riveting speech by Stranger Things star David Harbour to Mahershala Ali’s powerful and almost tear inducing speech on what it’s like for him to be a Muslim in our country were some of the best of the night, but Emma Stone’s genuine and always charming acceptance speech proves that she’s as cool as we want to think she is.

Some other big winners in the category of film proved to be surprising in regards to what it may entail for the Oscars in the coming weeks, but at the same time, the winners last night aren’t anyone we’d be surprised earned the award.

It was a testament to the outstanding work by the directors, actors, and overall film makers of this year. Diverse and worthy of being recognized, there was no shortage of respectful nominees and winners alike. Smaller films such as Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures proved to us that not only are there great films being made in the indie scene, but also by black through white people. We often forget that films are a collaborative effort in all respects and that skin color is not the most important thing.

It’s a powerful message simply because people are comfortable saying how celebrities shouldn’t speak out on issues such as this and that in of itself is ironic and hypocritical. We should try to do what filmmakers seem to do and that is collaborate with people that are different than us to create something wonderful and in return we may all just learn something to better us or the people we pass by.

 

Krampus Director Set To Direct Sequel To Godzilla 2 For Legendary Pictures

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With original Godzilla director Gareth Edwards going off to make a billion dollar spin-off to some small franchise known as Star Wars, Legendary Pictures needed someone to take the place of director for their movie’s sequel. Who? Well, for those horror fans out there who loved Trick-R-Treat and made a drinking game out of Krampus, you’ll love the pick of Michael Dougherty.

I fell asleep through Krampus and was disappointed with what I saw when I was awake, but who’s to say that the horror director can’t bring some life into Godzilla 2 for when he verses King Kong post Kong: Skull Island?

Dougherty will get a script from his Krampus co-writer Zach Shields. The partnership with Legendary and Warner Brothers to make a shared large monster universe that will pin Godzilla and King Kong together will at least help give the duo a clear direction (you’d hope) on what is yet to come for the Kings of Monsters.

The film is expected to release March 22, 2019.

Source: Variety

DC’s The Flash With Ezra Miller To Get Rewrite By ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Scribe

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When DC recruited an actual director for their Flash movie with Ezra Miller, I thought we were going to get something really terrific and fun, but now that Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has since left the project there are only going to be more changes.

Ezra Miller will likely have to wait even longer for his solo Flash film to come out with the film now getting a script rewrite by Joby Harold who wrote the upcoming Guy Ritchie re-imagining of the story of King Arthur. For the fastest man alive, his attempts to get on screen seem to be slowing down, and whether that’s Warner Brothers fault remains to truly be seen.

The rumors we had last about the script involved Cyborg being introduced even further before his solo film in an attempt to make a team-up style film with The Flash and Cyborg, but what capacity I don’t think I will ever know. Still, the idea of those two in a film together doesn’t have to be far off or extinct from the plans and maybe the storyline will just differ a bit

My suspicions still remain as of now with the studio putting their hands in the kitchen when they aren’t needed because why would you sign a man to write and direct a film if you didn’t already agree on the vision of the film in the first place? I just don’t get it. Nonetheless, as I repeat pretty much every article, let’s just hope it turns out better than we’d ever imagined.

Source: Variety

Oscars 2017: Who Should Win & Who Will Win?

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And now for my favorite part of looking at the Oscars lists…

Who will win and should win? Last year I used a key like you briefly see with the underlining and the bold word, and yes, I’m continuing that. Simple, bold means I want them to win, then underlined indicates I think this is the candidate who I think has the best logical chance of winning.

Some may be the same and some will differ so don’t be confused if you see word that’s bold and underlined. The star (*) will be for my dark horse picks for wins.

Best Picture

“Arrival”
”Fences”
”Hacksaw Ridge”
”Hell or High Water”
”Hidden Figures”
”La La Land”
”Lion”
”Manchester by the Sea”
”Moonlight”

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
*Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Best Actress

Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Supporting Actor

*Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges,”Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“Arrival”
”Fences”
”Hidden Figures”
”Lion”
”Moonlight”

Best Original Screenplay

“Hell or High Water”
”La La Land”
”The Lobster”
”Manchester by the Sea”
”20th Century Women”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, Denmark
”A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm,  Sweden
”The Salesman,”  Asghar Farhadi, Iran
”Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, Australia,
”Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, Germany

Best Documentary Feature

“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
”13th”
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best Animated Feature

*“Kubo and the Two Strings”
”Moana”
”My Life as a Zucchini”
”The Red Turtle”
”Zootopia”

Best Film Editing

“Arrival”
”Hacksaw Ridge”
”Hell or High Water”
”La La Land”
*”Moonlight”

Best Original Song

 “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls”
“City of Stars,” “La La Land”
“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story”
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”

Best Original Score

“Jackie”
”La La Land”
”Lion”
”Moonlight”
”Passengers”

Best Cinematography

“Arrival,” Bradford Young
”La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
”Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto
”Lion,” Grieg Fraser
”Moonlight,” James Laxton

Best Costume Design

“Allied”
”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
”Florence Foster Jenkins”
”Jackie”
”La La Land”  

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“A Man Called Ove”
”Star Trek Beyond”
”Suicide Squad”

Best Production Design

“Arrival”
”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
”Hail, Caesar!”
”La La Land”
”Passengers

Best Sound Editing

“Arrival”
”Deepwater Horizon”
”Hacksaw Ridge”
”La La Land”
”Sully”

Best Sound Mixing

 “Arrival”
”Hacksaw Ridge”
”La La Land”
”Rogue One”
”13  Hours”

Best Visual Effects

“Rogue One”
”The Jungle Book”
”Doctor Strange”
”Deepwater Horizon”
”Kubo and the Two Strings”

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Ennemis Intérieurs”
”La Femme et le TGV”
”Silent Nights”
”Sing”
”Timecode”

Best Short Film, Animated

“Blind Vaysha”
”Borrowed Time”
”Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
”Pearl”
”Piper”

Best Documentary, Short Subject

“Extremis”
”4.1 Miles”
”Joe’s Violin”
”Watani: My Homeland”
”The White Helmets”

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