Spinning Headlines – Week 11: X-Men Apocalypse, Prison Break, Ready Player One, Young Han Solo, Tarzan, Guillermo Del Toro, The Killing Joke… Spinning Headlines – Week 11: X-Men Apocalypse, Prison Break, Ready Player One, Young Han Solo, Tarzan, Guillermo Del Toro, The Killing Joke…
This week: pay respects to Larry Drake, new trailers for "X-Men: Apocalypse", "The Legend of Tarzan", "Now You See Me 2" and "Sausage Party",... Spinning Headlines – Week 11: X-Men Apocalypse, Prison Break, Ready Player One, Young Han Solo, Tarzan, Guillermo Del Toro, The Killing Joke…

Top of the mornin’ to ‘ya. I assume that if you are one of the peoples who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, you might be sporting one helluva hangover right about now. And to all the other people; good friday. As always, check out the Supernaughts “news”-section for daily updates – this week there’s all kinds of things from a Ben Hur“-remake trailer(which finally proved that the swords & sandals-movie renaissance started by Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” has finally disappeared into it’s own arse) to the announcement of Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford reuniting for a fifth go at “Indiana Jones.

As seems to be the habit this year, I gotta start with some sad news: let’s have a moment of silence for actor Larry Drake.

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He’s most known by the wider public as the developmentally disabled office assistant Benny Stulwicz on the TV show “L.A. Law” – a very groundbreaking role at the time, which earned Drake two Emmy awards. But to us genre fans, Drake was “Dr. Giggles” as well as Robert G. Durant in Sam Raimi’s “Darkman” (and reprising the role in the DTV sequel “Darkman II: The Return of Durant“). Drake was found from his home yesterday, passed away at age 66.

 

THE SECOND TRAILER FOR “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” AMPS UP THE DESTRUCTION

Interesting choice there, to repeat the lines said by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen at the end of the first “X-Men” movie. Other than that, it looks pretty epic. I know that the “Mystique as the leader of the X-Men“-bit has a lot of people at arms, but you know: the trailer usually(hopefully) doesn’t show EVERYTHING.

 

“READY PLAYER ONE” CASTING

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Now, before getting into the next Indiana Jones-adventure, Steven Spielberg has one little thing left to do; actually filming the adaptation from Ernest Cline’s novel “Ready Player One” which is set to open in theaters March 30, 2018. Casting is ongoing. So far “Mud” and “X-Men: Apocalypse”-star Tye Sheridan is set to play the hero of the story, the virtual world Easter Egg-hunter Wade,  Olivia Cooke(“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) is playing Art3mis, a virtual friend/love interest of Wade’s, and Ben Mendelsohn is set as the villain of the piece, Nolan Sorrento. And this week it was announced that Simon Pegg is in talks to play the role of Ogden Morrow, the co-creator of OASIS – the virtual world that pretty much all the population spend their time in. Morrow’s character is very much modeled after Steve Wozniak – a kind of hippie-type who never really cared about the business applications of OASIS. Is Pegg a good choice for this part? I’m not sure; when I read the book, I think Morrow was pictured as an older man than Pegg is. But then again – what do I know?

 

WHILE WE’RE ON THE CASTING-SUBJECT…

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The casting of the young Han Solo for the Phil Lord/Chris Miller-helmed “Star Wars”-spinoff is nearing it’s final stages. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the final three candidates for the part are Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!”), Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), and Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”). So those three guys on pictured above. What do we think? Or do we think that making a movie about a young Han Solo feels dangerously close into going the prequel-way?

 

“SAUSAGE PARTY”-TRAILER

It’s pretty obvious, that the plot of Seth Rogen‘s R-rated animated comedy was written while stoned. “So….dude – we could have like…weiners, that are attracted to buns….hehehe……and then we just have a bunch of food just shredded and ripped apart…and they’re alive when it happens….hehehe“. And so on. At least this trailer made me laugh twice. That’s double the amount than while watching the first “Neighbors“.

 

DEL TORO FILMING A SMALL-SCALE FILM BEFORE “FANTASTIC VOYAGE”?

As was reported a couple of monts ago, Guillermo Del Toro is the front-runner to helm the James Cameron-produced remake of “Fantastic Voyage“. But – seems that he is going to tackle one other project from the several dozens he has in development at various times. It’s something that was briefly mentioned last year, referred to only as the “secret Fox Searchlight indie” project. Now some light has been shined on this project. It’s said to be a “mysterious and magical journey, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963, with an otherworldly love story at the center“. Del Toro is eyeing Octavia Spencer(“The Help“) as the lead actress for the film and as the below Tweet says, he’s looking to film in Toronto as quickly as this summer.

 

“THE ABS LEGEND OF TARZAN” – TRAILER 2

Kinda speaks for itself. I don’t feel the “From the director of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows‘”-tag was really necessary, as the trailer is riddled with David Yates‘ trademark bluish/greyish washed down tones. There certainly is a lot of CGI animals there, but they respond to commands much easier. And could we stop casting Christoph Waltz as the villain in every movie now? “SPECTRE” already proved that even he himself is bored with that.

 

PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IS BACK FOR ANOTHER “PRISON BREAK”

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Fox’s revival of “Prison Break“, starring Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, is moving ahead and had a bit of casting news this past week: not only is Sarah Wayne Callies back as Sarah Tancredi, but Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Amaury Nolasco are all set to return as well, reprising their roles as Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell, Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin and Fernando Sucre.

Some plot details of the revival series have also surfaced. Here’s the synopsis: “In the drama’s new chapter, which picks up after Michael’s apparent death, Sara has moved on with her life, raising her and Michael’s child with her new husband(previously announced guest star Mark Feuerstein, “Royal Pains”). When clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive, Lincoln and Sara reunite to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, T-Bag, C-Note and Sucre, are pulled back into the action.”

The exact airdate for the revival has not been announced, only a “2016-2017 season“-slot, so I’d guess it begins late fall.

 

EVEN MICHAEL MANN GETS IN THE PREQUEL-GAME

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Michael Mann is launching a book publishing imprint called Michael Mann Books. Mann says that the main function of the imprint is to “generate a series of novels with a stable of writers and the properties will simultaneously be developed for film and television“. Mann’s own contribution to this? He’s working on a prequel novel to “Heat, which is going to focus on earlier exploits of the characters Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino in “Heat”), Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), and Nate (Jon Voight) and possibly others as well. And as the description of the imprint hints, this might be filmed at some point. Do we really NEED a prequel to “Heat“? Personally I think the movie works perfectly fine as it is – we don’t need to know the backstory of these characters.

 

“BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE”-TEASER IMAGERY

A couple of images from the voice actors of the animated film based on the classic Alan Moore’s Batman-story “The Killing Joke” were Tweeted this week. There’s the above one which shows the voice actors Kevin Conroy(Batman) and Mark Hamill(Joker) being very chummy behind the scenes. And then there is the below one, which actually shows a frame from the movie.

 

“NOW YOU SEE ME 2”-INTERNATIONAL TRAILER SHOWS…MAGIC STUFFS?

First off, why did they use “2” in the title instead of “too”? A bit too “dumb & dumber” I guess. I don’t know – the first movie was…mildly entertaining. This one just looks like another sequel by contract.

 

OH – AND THE “CROW”-REBOOT HAS HIT ANOTHER SNAG…

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This really doesn’t register as even news anymore but apparently Corin Hardy, director number 523 on the Realtivity Media reboot of “The Crow“, has been axed from the project by the new head of production, Dana Brunetti . And yet the CEO of Relativity, Ryan Kavanaugh welcomed Brunetti in the family, stating: “With Dana coming aboard, we are giving him full creative rein. We want him to be able to reboot The Crow under his vision and guidance. We are optimistic he will create the best package for such an iconic franchise.” There’s also a lot of legal wrangles going around the project now – dealing with bankrupcies and rights issues and whatnot. It’s all very confusing – read it at the source. Seems that almost everyone attached to this project has detached from reality at this point.

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

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Oh, this one was easy – Warner Bros. has assigned Etan Cohen(NEVER to be confused with Ethan Coen!!!), the director of “Get Hard“, to write and direct a remake of “The Cannonball Run. Yeah… That’s like spitting on the face of– everyone.

 

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That is all.

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  • Prison Break yeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

    “Sara has moved on with her life, raising her and Michael’s child with her new husband”

    Fucking bitch.

  • I_am_better

    Would’ve been more interesting if she had “started a new life with police officer Rick Grimes”

  • franks_television

    None of those Young Han Solo candidates looks much like Ford. I guess I’d go with the guy on the left.

  • I_am_better
  • I_am_better

    UPDATE: as the WordPress publisher was being it’s usual laggy a-hole, one of the stories got cut halfway through. Fixed.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    I wonder if Sausage Party will be realistic. Sadly, I have been to many 🙁

  • Tarmac492.1

    I feel Michael Mann should simply work on another crime flick. More like Heat and Collateral. Less like Pubic Enemies. No need for this prequel nonsense.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Now you See me 2. Can they make Ruffalo disappear?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Although Michael Mann books sounds interesting.

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    When’s the Studio Head prequel series coming out? I want to know how he lost the hair.

  • Tarmac492.1

    RIP Larry Drake 🙁 So good in Darkman. Never really watched LA Law but his character was somewhat of a cultural phenom if I remember correctly.

  • I_am_better

    …and you’re in one right now

  • I_am_better

    I’ll write that up. Good idea 🙂

  • Tarmac492.1

    please include the hot hipster assistant’s early years in sicko lesbo porn.

  • I_am_better

    He’s working on that Enzo Ferrari movie right now. Although the last that was heard, Christian Bale was out

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead


    “Midnight Special” stars Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Joel Edgerton. The plot revolves around a child with unique gifts and those who wish to either harm or protect him. ”
    How many times has this movie been made?

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    I will add Tarzan to Star Trek Beyond on my “Looks like garbage” list.

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    Sorry had to add my own news bit.

  • I_am_better

    No problem. I think that movie has been made 264 times – adding television shows to the tally.

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    I thought that the whole point of mystique is that she doesn’t wear clothes? Give her a bow to shoot while you’re at it.

  • I_am_better
  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    Deadpool will be the next leader of the X Men, mark my words.

  • I_am_better

    Not far-fetched. Fox will never let go of these characters

  • Tarmac492.1

    although, the talent involved makes it interesting.(possibly)

  • I_am_better
  • Foster Breadford

    Isn’t that how the X2 trailer started, too? Same dialogue?

  • I_am_better

    Yes

  • I_am_better

    But now it’s different actors saying it, so its all different

  • Foster Breadford

    Singer thinks it’s cute I guess.

  • KilliK

    Larry Drake was also the drunk harasser in the beach sequence in Karate Kid.
    RIP, good character actor.

  • I_am_better

    I think that’s a half of the Universe out of my comfort zone. Sounds more of Boogers style

  • KilliK

    btw new Warcraft tv spot. it kicks ass.

  • Dee

    still a solid concept

  • Tarmac492.1

    u2 need to collaborate

  • Dee

    At Bryan Singer’s house?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Where is the guys that made Apt Pupil and that other one with the bad guy who was in fact the really bad guy? THose were good.

  • Tarmac492.1

    He said he would look at my script. I cant tell if he gave me roofies because there have been many a morning I woke up with a demonic headache and no memory of the night before.

  • Dee

    The “dissolving” effect in the X-Men trailer looks exactly like the one in X3.

  • Dee

    Did he look at your script?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Jeff Nichols and Shannon are a solid team. Nichols has talent. Still havent seen Mud and that is supposed to be good.

  • KilliK

    well, they are preparing Tatum’s Gambit as the new face of the franchise. But if his movie flops, well yeah, Reynolds will replace him.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Yes, it was greenlit until we disagreed on the lead. I wanted Piscopo and Peter Greene for the leads. He balked at Piscopo. I told him to go fist himself. He excused himself…..

  • Tarmac492.1

    Is Mystique really Keyser Soze?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Would the Big Short have been better if you replaced two of the leads with Ferrell and Reilly playing their Step Brothers characters?

  • Dee
  • Tarmac492.1

    Possibly the greatest American Comedy of the last 37 years. I’m looking at you Caddyshack!! Although Easy Money is pretty amazing.

  • Sagamanus

    What a cruel thing to say.

  • franks_television

    A little. He looks more like a 12 year old Solo, though.

  • franks_television

    How do you guys remember that?

  • franks_television

    I don’t like her hair.

  • Toruk_Makto

    “I know that the “Mystique as the leader of the X-Men“-bit has a lot of people at arms”

    For those of us who want Singer to drop into a dark pitt never to be seen from again Mystique leading the X-men is the least of our problems. More sprinkles on the shit-pile.

    Where others see epic I see more stiff, shitty action from the king of bland. More egregious rewrites of character histories and a stunning lack of creativity in the writing department.

    I have not heard ONE memorable line from this apocalypse yet. Something the cartoon and comics manage to do effortlessly. How does that happen??

    Fuck Singer. and Fuck his X-men.

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    How many 5 year olds will get to see “The Killing Joke” at daycare?

  • Conspiracyin559

    It’s a pity Jennifer Lawrence was cast in Hunger Games and made her a “Star”, would have been better if she had just stayed in Oscar bait indie films and eventually gone back to waiting tables. She’s not a good actress…

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    “Dylan O’Brien was injured yesterday while filming ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ in Vancouver, Canada. He was immediately transferred to a local hospital for observation and treatment. Production on the film will be shut down while he recovers. Our thoughts go out to Dylan for a full and speedy recovery.”

    http://movieweb.com/maze-runner-3-dylan-obrien-injured-production-shut-down/

  • Conspiracyin559

    NOTHING looks as bad as that Trek trailer. Well…maybe this,,,Maybe…

  • Tarmac492.1

    I did really like Winter’s Bone.

  • CoolHandJuke

    Making my two year old watch it day of release…

  • Sagamanus

    The fact that he’s tied to the mast of that franchise is beyond comprehension. I think 20th century fox keeps him on for the sole reason of that they only want to pump out films to keep the franchise, and don’t have the energy to change hands. They don’t care. And Singer actually thinks he’s produced something that isn’t garbage. All the X-Men films are nothing but complete trash.

  • CoolHandJuke

    i like the new Pee-Wee movie, and i want Joe Manganiello to enter my anus…

  • CoolHandJuke

    i used to giver her a pass since i wanted to slide my dick between her tits, but seeing her “personality” come out recently makes my dick limp. looks like it’s back to stealing police crime photos so i can experience full release…

  • Sagamanus

    Spews drink all over computer screen.

  • Orcus

    Bone. Heh heh

  • Orcus

    Hey if anyone is in the mood to fuck with Chinese telemarketers give 626-788-9442 in Pasadena CA a call. Orcus has been fucking with them everytime they call

  • Stalkeye

    A Prison Break reboot??? never cared for the original series what’s next, more new episodes of LOST? Booooooo! Wenworth Miller is cool as Captain Cold in CW’s Legends of Tomorrow but there’s no need for a new prison break or a new 24 series.

  • Stalkeye

    So, will JLaw be nekkid in the new XMen film?
    Too soon? Fuck you! (0=

  • Foster Breadford

    That’s a reasonable question. The music was Mars by Holst too and I don’t know why I know that.

  • Foster Breadford

    I do remember liking Apt Pupil but I haven’t seen it in forever.

  • CoolHandJuke

    I did the same thing but with semen…

  • Zed

    Wow, a parody of Saving Private Ryan. Do they also have a scene with some bullet time? Does the hotdog bun do the Macarena? Show me the money, Rogen!