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8/29/2016

RIP Comedy Legend Gene Wilder, Dead At 83


There are still four months left in 2016 and I worry how many more of our favorite actors the grim reaper will take from us. Today brings the sad news of Gene Wilder's passing at the age of 83.

Wilder will probably be best remembered for his comedic pairings with Mel Brooks, who first cast the actor in The Producers, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance. They would go on to work together twice more on Blazing Saddles, a defining movie for yours truly, and Young Frankenstein, which may be Wilder's funniest performance of his career. It earned him an Oscar nomination, as well, for the screenplay he wrote with Brooks.

Of course, his most memorable role will be as the titular candy maker in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, about as defining a role as one can think of. Johnny Depp never stood a chance trying to fill his shoes. I was also especially fond of the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor tandem in Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. His talents extended behind the camera where he tackled other comedy classics such as The Woman in Red, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, and Haunted Honeymoon.

Wilder hasn't been in a major feature film since 1991's Another You, the final lead role for both himself and Richard Pryor.

'The Greasy Strangler' Debuts An Oily, Disgusting NSFW Trailer



Y'know, I want to pretend The Greasy Strangler doesn't exist. I want to pretend it won't be coming out in a few weeks and that a new NSFW trailer has just dropped. It's my site, I could do that. I saw the film at Sundance at sat through about 75% of it before tapping out. It's too gross, too ugly, too unfunny to be taken in entirety. But to ignore it would be a disservice to our readers who are fans of such strange gross-out humor, and so here ya go.

The Greasy Strangler is directed and co-written by Jim Hosking, with Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex, Jesse Keen, and Joe David Walters starring. It's about a really creepy father and son, both REALLY tough on the eyes, who live on Los Angeles' margins where a filthy, disgusting, oily mutant freak known as "The Greasy Strangler" has been killing people. Oh, and there's a love triangle that I would like to have scrubbed from my brain, along with the rest of this movie.

The producers deserve credit for turning all of the negative buzz on their film into a twisted show of support. Certainly this is for only a very specific kind of audience and it doesn't include me.  The Greasy Strangler hits VOD and theaters on October 7th.

Ben Affleck Wasn't Joking, Deathstroke Is Solo Batman Movie Villain


Turns out Ben Affleck wasn't jerking us around earlier today when he suddenly dropped footage of DC villain Deathstroke, in what appeared to be filming from Justice League. But it wasn't that; instead it was a tease for the upcoming solo Batman movie Affleck will be directing that we now know will feature Deathstroke as the main villain.

The Wrap confirms the news, saying they got the info from a source close to the project. They don't have much information beyond that, such as if Deathstroke will pop up in the currently-shooting Justice League first, or who could be playing him.

Deathstroke is one of the few DC villains I think is worth a hill of beans. He was created in 1980 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, and is billed as DC's most deadly assassin. Not only is he physically gifted and super strong, but he's capable of using up to 90% of his brain capacity, making him a tactical genius. He's faced most of DC's heroes but seems to have a special dislike for Batman and Green Arrow. He appeared on CW's Arrow played by Manu Bennett, and it was suspected Deathstroke was headed for the big screen when producer Marc Guggenheim said he wouldn't be back on the series because he was“tied up in another DC project.”

So far there's no hard release date for Affleck's film but Warner Bros. has open slots on October 5th 2018 and November 1st 2019.

New 'Rogue One' Images Reveal The Empire's Rebel Foes


Force Friday arrives on September 30th and we can probably expect a ton of info on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to drop on that day. Uh, along with a bunch of new merchandise that any self-respecting Star Wars fan can't do without. For now, we'll just have to settle for a handful of new images from Empire giving us yet another look at the spinoff movie.

There isn't anything radically different here, but these photos do offer up new looks at Felicity Jones as the rebellious Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, Donnie Yen as the blind warrior Chirrut Imwe, and Ben Mendelsohn as the villainous Director Orson Krennic, who has a beef with Darth Vader. One notable image also shows director Gareth Edwards so presumably it was taken before Tony Gilroy stepped in on reshoots.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16th.







Free Screening Of 'Complete Unknown' Starring Michael Shannon And Rachel Weisz


We're happy to offer our readers the chance to attend a free advance screening of Joshua Marston's mysterious thriller, Complete Unknown, starring Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz.

SYNOPSIS: Alice (Rachel Weisz) is a woman with a past—multiple pasts. She’s been a Portland hippie, an ER nurse, and a magician’s assistant in China, changing names and identities at the drop of hat. But when she walks into a Brooklyn dinner party one night, she’s recognized by Tom (Michael Shannon), who knows her not as Alice, but as Jenny, an ex-lover he hasn’t seen in fifteen years. Drawn once again to the enigmatic, chameleon-like woman, Tom steals away with her into the New York City night where she introduces him to the thrills and dangers of reinventing oneself. 

The screening takes place tomorrow, August 30th, at 7:00pm at Landmark Bethesda Row. If you'd like to attend, simply print out the below Admit-Two Epass and bring it with you to the theater. Please kind mind that having passes does not guarantee entry and you'll need to arrive early to ensure receiving a seat. Enjoy the show!

Complete Unknown opens in DC on September 2nd.




Ben Affleck May Have Revealed Deathstroke In 'Justice League', Or He's Fu**ing With Us


Ben Affleck has been the subject of numerous Internet memes since he began appearing in DCU movies as Batman, and maybe this is his way of showing he can play the social media game, too. Without comment or explanation he has dropped this piece of footage featuring DC's ultimate badass villain, Deathstroke, from what appears to be a scene from Justice League.


Yeah, that suit is pretty unmistakable. That is definitely Deathstroke walking out of that carrier looking like he's ready to kick some superhero butt.  Since Justice League is the only DCU movie shooting right now we have to assume this is from that.

Assuming it's real, of course. Again, Affleck is perfectly capable of trolling all of us. He knows better than anybody that posting this to his Twitter account was going to cause Internet heads to explode with speculation, and he may be getting us all riled up for nothing while he laughs from his swimming pool full of 'Batman v Superman' and Suicide Squad cash.

Let's hope he's not jerking us around because Deathstroke in the DCU would be amazing, and I want to start speculating on who is in that suit already.

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Recap: “Los Muertos”


Last week on Fear The Walking Dead was all about Nick.  We had an entire episode dedicated to him finding himself and doing so, found a new group of people to hopefully call family.  Even though he abandoned his current family, these people hopefully would be ones he could trust.  So did it pay off for Nick?  Are his new group of people to be trusted?  And what about everyone else?  During this show wasn’t going to be “Fear The Walking Nick” as he ventured throughout Mexico.  His mother, sister, and everyone else is off on their own adventures as well.

Lucky for us, in this episode of Fear The Walking Dead we got to see a little more going on south of the border.  We get to see Nick and he adjusts to life with his newfound group, but we also get to see Strand, Madison, Alicia, and Liza as they spend some time in a hotel to recuperate.  Needless to say, both groups run into trouble on their own.


The episode begins showing us a little bit of the culture at Nick’s new compound.  He gets a dose of how things are run there real quickly.  Although he wanted to join a group of people who don’t see the dead as monsters, these folks might be taking it a little too far.  When someone is the newfound group is infected they instantly become the sacrificial lamb of the group and have to go towards “the wall” outside the gate where they voluntarily feed themselves to the dead.  In an insane world, it makes sense.  After all, they are already going to die.  Why not keep the other zombies at bay.  However, the group has turned this into a quasi-religious ceremony.  It’s almost a “circle of life” where the victim in a willing participant to get themselves killed to be among the dead.  The compound is led by Alejandro (Paul Calderon), a pharmacist-turned-doctor-turned-group leader who has an unhealthy obsession with death.  

He might have a good ready to.  According to Nick’s newfound friend Luciana (Danay Garcia), Alejandro has been bitten and did not turn.  This gives him all the street cred he needs to call the shots and in a very Jonestown manner leads the group.  At first, Nick doesn’t buy it but later on after talking with Alejandro Nick sees what appears to be rotten flesh from a bite on Alejandro’s collar bone.  Towards the end of the episode, it looks like Nick might also be drinking the Kool-Aid, but he also has a sense of hesitance on his face as well.


Later in the episode, Nick and Luciana go on a supply run towards the other end of Tijuana where we get to see a bit of how bartering is done in the zombie apocalypse.  What appears to be former cartel members own a part of town that has the only remaining supermarket, so they can run commerce as they see fit.  Luciana has drugs from Alejandro’s pharmacy to use as currency so that they can get bottled water for their community.  Nick, however, sees a piece of candy that catches his eye and he’s just gotta have it.  Luciana quickly nips that in the bud exclaiming to him that they only came for water and water only.  As he and Luciana prepare to leave the cartel members stop them and thrown Nick on the ground.  Turns out Nick pocketed the candy anyway.  According to the cartel folks, this is a big no-no.  As they prepare to enact some street justice, they prepare to take a machete to Nick's hand for stealing (the same way Rick got his had cut off in The Walking Dead comic book), Nick flexes his wits and intelligence.  Having noticed one of the cartel people had a sick family member inside the supermarket, he correctly guess she needed Oxy and would only give it to them if he was spared and they got to get extra water.  Nick gets to keep his hand, they get extra water, but now they have a big problem with the cartel folks.


Meanwhile, Nick mother, sister, Strand, and Ofelia have spent a lot of time looking for him.  With no such luck, they head back towards Strand’s boat and will simply move on without him.  Of course, a boat left along doesn’t remain on its own and has since been stolen.  They now have to venture on their own and find a new way.  After leaving a note in the sand for Nick, they venture onwards.  They find a hotel and decide to hunker down there.

After breaking in the hotel and not really finding any supplies, they decide to split up.  Ofelia & Alicia go to search the rooms in the hotels in the search of raiding the minibars for food/drinks and see if there are any survivors.  As the two begin searching the hotel they notice that rooms marked “occupied” are full of zombies and they quickly learn not to go into those rooms.  One of the rooms that weren't marked having zombies, however, they discover a person who hung himself and became zombified anyway.  This leads Ofelia to start having dark thoughts related to suicide.  After all, her family is gone.  How much fight does she really have left?  After taking a quick shower, Alicia cannot find Ofelia.  With the balcony door open we are led to believe that she gave up and jumped to her death.  Before Alicia can even look for her, she notices that zombies are coming out of their rooms and falling off the ledges because they hear Madison and Strand.

The two of them have found the bar.  And in hopeless fashion, the two of them decided to throw a whole lot of drinks back and blow off some steam.  Not only are they drinking heavily, but they are breaking glasses and playing the piano.  Sure, get wasted in the zombie apocalypse, but don’t be loud about it!  Soon enough not only the zombies in the hotel are after them, but those in nearby buildings that were locked away are all turning towards their noise.  How are they going to get out of this?


While not a lot really happened narrative-wise for the show, it still does a great job at opening the world for the viewer.  As said previously, we really didn’t get a chance to see how communities word in this world until recently on The Walking Dead because Rick and company were always on the move.  Because Nick is pretty much set up at an isolated place, we get to see how that place interacts and works in this newfound world and helps us understand how things work.

OK, Alejandro’s bit is a problem.  Throughout The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, if you get bit, you die.  It doesn’t operate according to the George Romero zombie rules but works a little parallel to them.  If you get bit by a zombie, your infection will grow and grow until you die and then you become a zombie.  The only instances where it didn’t happen was when someone was bitten and was able to cut off the arm or leg before the infection took whole on the person.  Alejandro was bitten on his collar bone area.  Not only would a bit that size and at that location probably have bled out, but you always would have died and turned into a zombie.  It looks like they are making him into some sort of “zombie Jesus” which goes against everything that has been set in stone throughout both series.  However Alejandro is charismatic, so he could possibly be lying to the group and might not have been bitten but injured himself in another fashion.  But people will believe you if you say you survived a zombie bite and you can pretty much say whatever you want and everyone will follow you.  Either way, it’s going to be very interesting as that develops.

Next week looks to bring back Travis and his son and we’ll catch up on them.  Will Chris still be in his serial killer mind frame?  We’ll see.


Now We Know What Thor Was Doing During 'Civil War'


Being roommates with the god of thunder might sound cool but it isn't all it's cracked up to be. Last month at Comic-Con fans in Hall H were treated to a mockumentary centering on Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and what he was up to while Civil War was going down. The answer? Not a heck of a lot. Well now that short film has been made available to us all before it becomes part of the Captain America: Civil War blu-ray release features.  Maybe there's a cut where all of this stuff is integrated into the story? Probably not.

The film is shot by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and is done in the same satirical style as his hit comedy, What We Do in the Shadows. Since the third Thor movie has been described as a buddy comedy involving the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, who also appears in the short), this could be a good indicator of the movie's tone.  So what has Thor been doing since Avengers: Age of Ultron? Moving in with a regular guy in Australia and making his life miserable. He's leaving Mjolnir laying around the apartment, he's playing board games, he's meeting the Hulk for coffee, and he seems to be just a big jealous nobody called him to take part in the Civil War.

This is pretty funny so check it out. Captain America: Civil War hits home release on September 2nd. 

Trailer For Supernatural Horror 'Incarnate' With Aaron Eckhart And WWE Superstar Mark Henry


The "World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry is, arguably, my favorite WWE superstar throughout the entirety of his 20-year stint there. And while the former Olympian is winding down his career and doesn't appear on TV much (other than to job to guys like Rusev), it's good to know he's still got a home at WWE Studios, and will co-star in their latest film, Incarnate.

Directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas) and featuring a solid cast led by Aaron Eckhart, Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones), David Mazouz (Gotham), and Karolina Wydra (True Blood), the film centers on an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed. He meets his match in an 11-year-old boy possessed by a demon from his past.

Unfortunately we don't see Henry in the new trailer but he assures he is indeed in the movie somewhere...


He better be otherwise Henry might have a new inductee into his Hall of Pain.  Incarnate will be released on December 2nd.

Robots Rebel In New Trailer For HBO's 'Westworld'


Let's be honest; HBO could use another hit series. Vinyl was a disaster, Silicon Valley is doing okay but hasn't caught on like some other shows, and Game of Thrones is nearing its end. So there's no surprise the network is putting a lot of muscle into pushing Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's sci-fi series, Westworld, and tonight they've debuted yet another trailer. They're putting out as many trailers as we see for major studio movies at this point.

The premise for this one is simple, but almost nothing promises to be simple in this futuristic tale set in an amusement park where artificial beings can help make every human desire a reality. Turns out that isn't always such a good thing, and soon some pretty weird stuff starts going down. Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins Jr. is a cast that is almost too incredible to believe, and it will be fun just seeing how they all fit in.

Westworld premieres on October 2nd. Will you be watching?