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7/17/2019

'Happy Death Day' Director Makes Plea For Netflix To Save The Franchise


When Happy Death Day opened in 2017 it offered a unique, fun twist on the crowded horror-comedy genre, and audiences rewarded the small-budget film with $125M worldwide. Two years, the sequel Happy Death Day 2U flipped the script to a loosely sci-fi tone and it worked, but the $64M haul didn't reflect the positive reviews. While there's still some demand out there for a third movie, leading to some rumors to that effect, director Christopher Landon wants fans to know it ain't happening...unless a savior comes swooping in.

Landon hit Twitter and was adamant there would be no Happy Death Day 3, but he still wanted to make one last plea for Netflix to come to its rescue...

Since I keep reading stuff about it, I’ll say it loud: THERE IS NO HAPPY DEATH DAY 3 IN DEVELOPMENT. It’s just a rumor…unless @netflix wants to pony-up and finish this trilogy, it just ain’t happening"

Netflix has been known to save its share of troubled flicks, throwing down millions of dollars when other studios have turned their backs. But with the streaming juggernaut scaling things back a little, it's unlikely they'll take action here. That said, the cost would be minimal compared to their other acquisitions, so maybe Landon's plea will convince them? Anything as long as we get more of Jessica Rothe who has been giving some incredible performances.

Quentin Tarantino Is Cool With Retiring After His 'Star Trek' Movie


With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino will have directed nine movies, one short of the ten he talked about retiring after. As for what that final movie may be, the only thing he might have coming up is Star Trek, but surely he wouldn't' end his career on a studio franchise flick, right? It'd be one of his originals, wouldn't' it? Don't be so sure.

Speaking with Cinemablend, Tarantino talked about his R-rated Star Trek movie which, at this point, is only a possibility to happen. But if it does, the filmmaker might use it as a "loophole" film to get around his promised ten...or, he won't do that and simply walk away as promised.

"The idea was to throw a loophole into it,” Tarantino said. “Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek…but naturally, I would end on an original.'” 

But the idea of doing ten isn’t to come up with a loophole,” he added. “I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left-handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.”

So the door is wide open here, and Tarantino could do just about anything. The real issue is whether Paramount moves forward on his Star Trek film, which we know will have a script by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), and not Tarantino. It's unfathomable to me that he'd end on such a note, loophole or not. I mean...he's gotta make Kill Bill 3, right? Or is that just my wishful thinking?

David Gordon Green In Talks to Direct Cambridge Analytica Film From 'Avengers: Endgame' Team


The Russo Brothers may be embarking on a final "thank you" tour of Avengers: Endgame, but the Marvel duo really do seem to be done with the world of superheroes. Since starting their production company AGBO they've launched a number of projects that have nothing to do with comic books. Their latest would involve a scandal that recently rocked social media, and may be directed by Halloween's David Gordon Green.

Deadline reports the Russos are developing a film about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal that emerged in the fallout from the 2016 Presidential election, with Green in talks to direct. The story will focus on Christopher Wylie, who was at the center of the storm as the mysterious company took Facebook data from users and launched disinformation campaigns that helped the Trump campaign.

Penning the script will be Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers behind Avengers: Endgame and pretty much every Marvel hit the Russos directed. Why fix what ain't broke?

Green is currently at work on the next two Halloween films which he'll shoot back-to-back, and won't begin work on the Cambridge Analytica film until that's finished, probably in 2020.

Apple Picks Up Historical Drama 'The Banker' With Samuel L. Jackson And Anthony Mackie


Apple may be getting into the awards season mix, adding the Jim Crow-era film The Banker to its growing slate of projects for Apple+ streaming.  The historical flick is led by Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, joined by Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long.

Behind the camera is George Nolfi, the director who gave us 2011's The Adjustment Bureau. He's doing something very different with The Banker, which follows two African-American entrepreneurs looking to overcome the racial barriers they face in the 1950s. Here's the synopsis:

Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson) recruit working-class white man Matt Steiner (Hoult) to pose as the head of their business empire while the two moguls act as a janitor and chauffeur. After making it big in California real estate, the men secretly purchase two banks in Texas in an aim to provide loans to the black community there. But with success comes the unforeseen risk of exposure and the threat of losing everything.

It's a reunion of Marvel vets Jackson and Mackie, which should give the film some wider appeal as historical dramas are still a pretty tough sell. Apple hasn't come right out and given the film a late-season date yet, but a project like this is designed for a theatrical release and an awards campaign, similar to what Netflix did with Roma last year.

'Playing With Fire' Trailer: John Cena Is A Firefighter Who Has Met His Match


When making the transition from WWE superstar to legit actor, there's a certain crucible that must be endured: the kid-friendly comedy. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson went through his with Tooth Fairy, and Dave Bautista will soon endure his with My Spy. John Cena has made this transition more smoothly than the others, largely due to his WWE character being seen as Mr. Nice Guy for the most part. So it's not completely suprising to see him fronting the new trailer for Playing with Fire, in which he grapples with a bunch of hot-headed kiddos.

Cena stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo as a trio of firefighters made to look like fools by the little tykes they're attempting to rescue. It's innocent and harmless, totally fitting with Cena's brand right now. That said, he's still got the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, James Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel, along with some voice work on The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, so he's doing a good job of mixing things up.

Directed by Andy Fickman with Brianna Hildebrand and Judy Greer co-starring, Playing with Fire opens November 8th.

Fans Demand #ReleaseTheSnyderCut In Billboards Ahead Of San Diego Comic-Con


I'm just a few hours away from boarding a plane for San Diego and yet another Comic-Con, and while I expect to be greeted by a swarm of fellow nerds, what I didn't plan on was #ReleasetheSnyderCut billboards all over the place.

Ads and billboards demanding the release of Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League have invaded San Diego just ahead of Comic-Con. A crowdfunding operation kicked off a few weeks ago in order to purchase the ads, earning more than $20K in the process, a portion of which will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, so at least some good is coming out of this.

After a family tragedy, Snyder was forced to leave the Justice League production early, with Joss Whedon taking over and changing major aspects of the story. A hybrid version of the film was released that went down like a gallon of sludge. Nobody liked it, feeling that Snyder's individual vision was needed. The ads tout Snyder's supposed 3 1/2-hour cut of the film that would have seen an appearance by the villain Darkseid.

It's unclear whether an actual "Snyder Cut" exists. He's alluded to it before, including that his version would've introduced Green Lantern into the DCEU, but it's unlikely Warner Bros. will ever release anything to back Snyder up on his claims.

The funny thing is Warner Bros. isn't even at Comic-Con this year, so all of this shit will fall on deaf ears.





'Space Jam 2' Drafts 'Girls Trip' Director Malcolm D. Lee As Terence Nance Exits


Terence Nance on Space Jam 2 was just too wild to ever stick for long. The experimental filmmaker behind The Oversimplification of Her Beauty and HBO's Random Acts of Flyness just didn't seem to mesh with the big studio style, and so he's out with a more appropriate director on board.

Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee takes over on Space Jam 2, with no specific reason given for Nance's exit. I think we have a pretty good idea, though. Anyway, Lee is best known for hit comedies such as The Best Man and its sequel The Best Man Holiday, Night School, and Barbershop: The Next Cut. He's a solid filmmaker who will get the job done, and that's probably all that's needed for a gig like this.

Space Jam 2 is the long-awaited (?) sequel to the 1996 animated/live-action film that paired up Michael Jordan with a bunch of Looney Tunes characters. This one will star LeBron James, along with Sonequa Martin-Green and Don Cheadle. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler co-wrote the script.

Space Jam 2 takes the court on July 16th 2021. [THR]

'Hustlers' Trailer: Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, And Cardi B Are Strippers Who Took Down Wall Street


If watching Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer stripping, dancing, and robbing their way to big big money sounds like something you'd wanna see, then Hustlers is your movie. These ladies are the Robin Hoods of exotic dancers in the new film by Lorene Scafaria, and it has an appropriately dazzling new trailer to match its star-studded cast.

Based on the New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler (played by Julia Stiles in the film), this true story follows a group of ambitious crew of strip club dancers tired of coming out on the short end of the stick. So they decide to turn the tables on their rich Wolf of Wall Street-esque clientele..

"The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules,” says Lopez's character, Ramona, who acts as the crew's leader.

I love everything about this trailer. It's fierce, flashy, and makes the most of its multi-talented stars. I'd expect no less from Scafaria, who long ago won me over with her script for Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist before going on to direct such films as Seeking A Friend for the End of the World and The Meddler. She makes movies that put women in control and they definitely look to have all of the power in Hustlers, which opens on September 13th.


7/16/2019

DC Readers: Attend A Free Screening Of 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free early screening of Quentin Tarantino's anticipated 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie along with an all-star supporting cast.

SYNOPSIS: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.   The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. 

The screening takes place on Wednesday, July 24th at 7:00pm at AFI Silver Theater. If you'd like to attend, simply go to the Sony Pictures site here. Please remember all screenings are first come, first served and you'll need to arrive early to ensure seating. Enjoy the show!

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens July 26th.

Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' May Cast Harry Styles As Prince Eric


Miss out on one big role, pick up another. That's the deal for One Direction singer and Dunkirk actor Harry Styles, who until recently was up for the Elvis Presley role in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming film. While that one didn't break his way, Styles may have found another as part of Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid.

Styles is reportedly in talks to play Prince Eric in Rob Marshall's live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Yes, the controversial one that recently cast a woman of color, Halle Bailey, to play Ariel. If you thought the racists were upset before, just wait until they have to decide whether an interracial romance is worse than a human/fish one.

If all works out, Styles would be joining a cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, and Jacob Tremblay, with music collaborated on by the great Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Little Mermaid is expected to shoot early next year in time for a 2021 release. [THR]