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9/25/2018

'Guardians Of The Galaxy 3': Sean Gunn Says James Gunn's Script Is Being Used


Thinking back on when I saw Sean Gunn at Awesome Con earlier this year, it feels like such an innocent time. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor talked about his career, and helping to bring to life two of that franchise's most popular characters, Rocket and the Ravager known as Kraglin. He was also free to lavish praise on his brother, director James Gunn, and tease the upcoming sequel.  So innocent. And then a short while later James was fired by Disney over some years-old comments, the third Guardians movie was put on ice, the cast got all fired up, and now Sean is in a really weird place.

How does Sean speak openly about Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and stay loyal to his bro? Well, apparently you just friggin' do it, because Sean has no problem talking with Tulsa World about Kraglin's role in Avengers 4 and, at least he hopes, part in Guardians 3 if it ever happens.

“I can tell you this. I can tell you that the movie is going to be really excellent. We shot them originally pretty much back-to-back with a short break … and I like (‘Avengers 4’) even more than ‘Infinity War,’ at least from the script and from shooting it, and I was really happy with ‘Infinity War.’ So I’m very hopeful that it’s going to be a great movie. I think I can say this: I don’t think Kraglin’s story is finished yet. I think the fans will, at least, get to know what happens with Kraglin, even though I can’t share that right now."

Gunn continues by adding that Disney intends to move forward on James' script, a major sticking point that had fans worried and star Dave Bautista threatening to quit if it wasn't used...

“I don’t really know yet what’s going on with ‘Guardians 3.’ I know that Disney still wants to make the movie. I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote. Obviously, that was a very unfortunate situation for everybody, most of all him, but I am also somebody who had been preparing to spend half a year making that movie and now that’s up in the air.”

As for when the sequel could shoot? Sean hasn't got a clue on that just yet...

I had not been contacted at all for a while, but I was recently contacted by Marvel saying, ‘Yeah, we do plan to make this movie. We’re just not sure when yet."

So this is sorta good news? While fans will continue to be upset by James Gunn's firing, knowing that his influence will still be felt as the franchise (presumably) wraps up is better than it looked just a few weeks ago.

Too Many Jokers: Joaquin Phoenix And Tommy Wiseau Offer Different Takes On The Clown Prince


If you've got a fear of clowns this must be a really sucky time for you. Stephen King's It has brought Pennywise memes back into fashion, and now Warner Bros. is giving you multiples takes on the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. We've now seen a pair of looks at Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillips' Joker film, one in plain ol' civilian garb as Arthur Fleck, his real name, and the other in his villainous makeup.

Now we've got a brand new image from Phillips, and this one adds a full clown getup, complete with giant, floppy clown shows, into the equation.  I have my doubts this is what he'll be wearing whenever he goes off on his eventual psychotic rampage, but this is a completely different take on the character so you never know.




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We won't really know how Phoenix will approach Joker until we see some footage, which could be a long ways off still. But if you believe the Internets (and who doesn't?), Phoenix has some competition from an unlikely source: The Room's Tommy Wiseau. Nerdist asked the cinematic weirdo to play the Joker in a scene from The Dark Knight, and people are flipping out over it.  Is it good? I mean...sure, compared to the rest of Wiseau's shitty acting it's fucking brilliant. The bar is super low, though, am I right?

Anyway, check out Wiseau's performance below. Don't expect to see him in Joker when it opens on October 4th 2019.

DC Readers: Enter To Win Passes For Sony's 'Venom' Starring Tom Hardy


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free early screening of Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Marvel's most lethal protector!  The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and stars Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson.

SYNOPSIS: When Eddie Brock acquires the power of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.

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Venom hits theaters on October 5th.



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Kate McKinnon Will Get Dramatic In Jay Roach's Fox News Drama, 'Fair And Balanced'


You know what the upcoming movie about disgraced Fox News CEO Roger Ailes needs? More talented blonde women in the cast. Joining Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and Charlize Theron in Jay Roach's film is SNL vet and Hillary Clinton impersonator, Kate McKinnon.

Given the film, tentatively titled Fair and Balanced, centers on the culture of sexual harassment that Ailes fostered while heading up Fox News, we could see more big name actresses sign on to play key figures. John Lithgow will play Ailes, who was sued by popular on-air personality Gretchen Carlson (Kidman), leading to his ouster in 2016. McKinnon will play a fictional producer, with Deadline calling it “her highest-profile non-comedic outing to date.” Robbie will take on the role of associate producer Kayla Pospisil, Theron as Megyn Kelly, and Allison Janney as attorney Susan Estrich.

Next up for McKinnon is a role in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis' comedy-musical, due out next June.


Gareth Evans Kills Hopes Of 'The Raid 3' Ever Happening


If this were a letter, the ink would be running wet with my tears. I've said time and time again that Gareth Evans' The Raid 1 & 2 are the best action movies ever made, and I stand by that. While he's taken a detour into doing other things, like his upcoming Netflix flick Apostle and a possible Deathstroke movie (Is that still happening???), it's begun to look increasingly like The Raid 3 might not happen. There was no confirmation of that, and guys like me kept holding out hope. But alas, it's time close the book on that dream.

While doing press for Apostle, Evans has come right out and said he has no interest in doing The Raid 3, basically saying that he doesn't want to get pigeonholed as a filmmaker. He tells Slashfilm...

“’The Raid 1’ and ‘2’ were incredible for me, but I just didn’t want to be doing ‘The Raids’ all the time. And the more time has gone on from that, the less interested I’ve been to go back there. What we did with ‘The Raid 2,’ we kinda close that off nicely, so it didn’t really appeal to me to jump back into that world again.”



God it just hurts so much!!! To type it out is even worse than reading it for the first time. Ugh!!!  Evans actually revealed this a few days ago to Cinemablend, but confirmed that a third film was definitely in the works at one point.

“The Raid 3” was very much going to happen. “’The Raid 3’ was… at one point it was on my radar. I had a full idea. I know what the storyline would have been."

Well, on the plus side I can stop holding my breath in hopes of the film showing up at Sundance each year.  Hopefully this doesn't mean he's done working with Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, and the incredible cast of fighters who made those movies so special.

Pouring one out for The Raid, yo.

'Mid90s' Trailer: Jonah Hill's Directorial Debut Revisits The '90s Skate Culture


Hard to believe the Jonah Hill of today is the same guy we all laughed at in Superbad, The Sitter, and other lowbrow comedies. He's evolved into a tremendous dramatic actor, with a couple of Oscar nominations to his credit, and now is embarking on the next phase of his career as a filmmaker. And for his debut, the coming of age film Mid90s, Hill is going back to the era and skate culture he clearly has fond memories for.

Starring Sunny Suljic, best known for The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The House with a Clock in its Walls, the film centers on a lonely 13-year-old kid who finds his niche with a group of skateboarders. Tbe new trailer shows off the lengths Hill goes to give an accurate depiction of the era, not only in the soundtrack but in the 4:3 aspect ratio the film was shot in.  This isn't just some lark Hill is on and will forget once it's over, clearly he's poured a lot of himself into this movie and could be just as good behind the camera as he is in front of it. If

Also starring Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, and Olan Prenatt, Mid90s opens October 19th.

New 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' Trailer Reveals A Shocking Voldemort Connection


Oh my. Currently I'm reading through J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books for the first time, falling in love with the characters for a second time after they won me over on the big screen. What I've loved so much about her stories is how rich in myth they are, and how Rowling keeps finding new ways to drop surprises where you least expect them. That ability did not leave her as she brought us back to the wizarding world with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and if the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is any indication, she just dropped one Hell of a shocker on fans that nobody could have seen coming.

In the latest trailer we see more of awkward magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), and his mission to stop the evil Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) before he can commit whatever crimes he'll become infamous for. We also see more of Jude Law as a younger, less white, less bearded version of Albus Dumbledore, and it will be interesting to know how this fight against Grindelwald changes him at this stage of his life.

The biggest surprise comes when the shapeshifting character played by Claudia Kim is revealed to be Nagini, who eventually becomes Voldemort's pet snake/horcrux. How does that work?  The answers should be forthcoming, but already that bit of news has sent the Potterverse reeling, so much so that Rowling has had to issue one quick clarification on Twitter...


Glad to set that record straight? I think Nagini's storyline could be the one I'm most curious to watch unfold.

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens November 16th.














'Colette' Trailer: Keira Knightley Finds Her Voice As The Literary And Sexual Icon


Keira Knightley does love her some period dramas. To be fair, Hollywood loves casting her in them because she does such a great job, earning acclaim for her performances in Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina, The Duchess, Atonement, and more. Her latest, Colette, debuted at Sundance earlier this year and instantly there was talk of Knightley entering the Oscar race. Now a new trailer for the literary drama gives us another look at Knightley as novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

Directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice), the film centers on the French writer who would become known singularly as Colette. Beginning her life as a naïve young woman, she would eventually marry Willy (a sniveling Dominic West), a successful writer who convinced Colette, 14 years his junior, to ghostwrite a novel for him. The series of Claudine books she penned under Willy's name would chart the sexual odyssey of its heroine, which also matched the journey Colette would find herself on. Success would cause professional and personal problems between the couple, as gender roles and societal norms are thrown into question.

This is a better trailer cut than the last one, which gave away far too much. Knightley appears to be in top form, and this is a film that could prove vital in terms of LGBTQ representation on the big screen. We don't see many of these stories told from a historical perspective, and the chance to do so is just another reason to be excited.

Colette is in select cities now and continues to expand.

Review: 'Slice' Is A Disappointing Start To Chance The Rapper's Acting Career


It's clear right away what writer/director Austin Vesely wants to accomplish with Slice, his campy, B-movie horror that marks the big screen debut of Chance the Rapper. His deep love of horror is evidence, seen in the cheesy retro prosthetics used to create ghosts, ghouls, zombies, witches, and more, all populating a town that could have been ripped straight out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And maybe that's the problem; Vesely loves this stuff so much that he can't part with any of it. The litany of bizarre ideas and off-the-walls changes in tone would be endurable if there weren't so many that a clear labor of love is no fun at all.

The  plot is insane as pineapple and anchovies on slice of deep dish. In the town of Kingfisher the human population lives alongside 40,000 ghosts, separated into a section known as Ghost Town. The people have come to accept ghosts, who just look like extras from The Walking Dead, as part of their everyday lives. They even have jobs, like working at a pizza shop that basically sits on top of a Hellmouth. When pizza delivery boys for one particular restaurant start getting killed while delivering in Ghost Town, a group of citizens begin blaming the undead, riling up public support against them.

That's just a tiny slice of Slice's unnecessarily convoluted plot that bogs this 79-minute film down to a halt. There's also Zazie Beetz as Astrid, the ex-girlfriend of one of the murdered deliverers, who starts investigating the crime in-between delivering pies, or 'za, as the characters often call it. Chris Parnell plays the town's goofy, but seemingly upstanding mayor, and Rae Gray is Sadie, an intrepid local reporter sniffing out her own angle on the murders.


A lot is going on, leaving Vesely barely a moment to clue us in to how things work in Kingfisher. He introduces a local gangster, Big Cheese (Y'Lan Noel), as a potential antagonist but it goes absolutely nowhere. And there are plenty of similar dead ends that cause so much of Slice to fall flat.

You'll notice I haven't even gotten to Chance the Rapper's role yet, and there's a reason for that. While he may be the most heavily-promoted face in all of the promos, Chance's role as pacifist werewolf and murder suspect Dax doesn't get introduced until well into the second act. A smart-aleck wolf who just wants to "deliver high quality Chinese food...REALLY quality Chinese food" rather than eat people, Dax is put in the position of clearing his name and avenging his dead homies from the Yummy Yummy Chinese food joint. Chance isn't a terrible actor by any means, and he flashes some potential as a comedy act. But he always comes across as trying too hard to express whatever Dax needs to be in that moment. Some of the problem may be Vesely's strange editing, which lingers too long on Chance, in particular any time a joke is cracked. It's like he's waiting for someone to insert the laugh track.  The intent to amuse stretches to the visual gags, which like the script tend to be hit or miss. Vesely doesn't really do gore, although you do get a lot of slit throats and one case of a ghost with his head flopped to the side after a nasty neck wound. But clearly Vesely isn't looking to gross anybody out here, perhaps wanting to make it easier for those who want to check out Chance's big acting debut.


Slice would have been better served with a little more focus on a central character, whether it be Dax, Astrid, or Sadie. None of them get much time to shine, and the lack of a lead character to follow only hurts momentum as Vesely tries to give them all equal time. He gets some quality work from funnypeople like Paul Scheer, Hannibal Buress, and Stranger Things' Joe Keery, all cranking up the goofball quotient, but their roles feel heavily edited down, which may be the case given the film's long gestation period since being shot in 2016 and delayed on at least one occasion. The impression Slice leaves is of a sincere but overstuffed curiosity that will be an interesting footnote in Chance's career.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Adam McKay Reveals Title Of His Dick Cheney Biopic Starring Christian Bale


We've rounded the corner into the fall awards season, and already buzz is building over the films that are expected to be major players, with trailers dropping for some of them.  One film that we haven't seen anything from yet, but is expected to be huge, is Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale as the heartless VP to George W. Bush. Well, the director took to Twitter and finally revealed the film's title.

McKay confirmed to a fan the film's title is Vice, and not Backseat as had been previously speculated. The film will be a reunion with Bale, who he worked with on The Big Short, and also Steve Carell who will play Donald Rumsfeld. The rest of the cast includes Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Cailee Spaeny as the younger Lynne, Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller, Alison Pill as Mary Cheney, Lily Rabe as Liz Cheney, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell, plus roles for LisaGay Hamilton, Stefania Owen, Bill Camp, Justin Kirk, and Eddie Marsan.

Apparently the film only needs "a few more little fixes" before it's completed, which is definitely good news as Vice is expected to open on December 14th. Presumably this means a trailer is right around the corner.