Spinning Headlines – Week 21: Battle Angel Alita, Star Wars, Westworld, Denis Villeneuve, Alien: Covenant, Blade, Sergio Leone… Spinning Headlines – Week 21: Battle Angel Alita, Star Wars, Westworld, Denis Villeneuve, Alien: Covenant, Blade, Sergio Leone…
"Alita: Battle Angel" gets it's lead, HBO's "Westworld" fianlly coming out, Gyllenhaal & Villeneuve to reteam on "The Son", "Wiener-Dog" & "Deepwater Horizon"-trailers, Wesley... Spinning Headlines – Week 21: Battle Angel Alita, Star Wars, Westworld, Denis Villeneuve, Alien: Covenant, Blade, Sergio Leone…

Well, will you look at that – I got meself back to the normal schedule. As always, check out the “news”-section for other news-bits of the week. This week we got a couple: the first being that John Carpenter is back in the creative team for the next “Halloween”-movie; at least in some shape(see what I did there?) of form, and there’s a new supernatural thiller called “Morgan” coming.

What else?





Remember a couple weeks ago when it was reported that there were three final contenders for the lead role in the Robert Rodriguez/James Cameron-adaptation of the Manga “Battle Angel Alita“? Looks like they picked the winner. Multiple sources have reported today that Rosa Salazar(“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”) got the part.




Star Wars Celebration: Europe event, that will take place in London from July 15th to July 17th got this fine piece of promotional artwork.



Well, it looks like a Todd Solonz movie, alright. Here’s the official synopsis:

From director Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, HAPPINESS), WIENER-DOG is a dark, starkly funny story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime.  Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip. After leaving Dawn, Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more.  Solondz’s perversely dark comedy offers an appallingly honest look at the American experience, brought to life by its all-star cast.




HBO’s reboot of “Westworld” looked good, when the first teaser pictures and the teaser trailer came out – a grittier, darker, more violent take on the 1973 Michael Crichton-directed film, a kick-ass cast, including Anthony HopkinsEd HarrisEvan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden… But then came trouble; production was halted for several months and the word was that the final four episodes underwent basically a page one-rewrite. And for a while, there was no news. Until now. HBO announced their new shows for the fall and “Westworld” is definitely there. Here’s the HBO’s full fall-lineup of new programming:

Westworld – The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, 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. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.


Divorce – The half-hour comedy series DIVORCE (ten episodes) stars Sarah Jessica Parker, who also serves as an executive producer, as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The show also stars Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore. Pilot episode written by Sharon Horgan; directed by Jesse Peretz. Series created by Sharon Horgan; executive produced by Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.

Insecure – The half-hour comedy series INSECURE (eight episodes), starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Created and executive produced by Issa Rae, the show is also executive produced by Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.

High Maintenance – The half-hour comedy series HIGH MAINTENANCE (six episodes) follows a Brooklyn pot dealer who delivers to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city. The show stars Ben Sinclair as “The Guy,” a friendly pot dealer whose clients include an eccentric group of characters, revealing the dynamics of their lives. From the unexpected and offbeat to the predictable and mundane, the series provides a glimpse into the daily routines of the customers and how they light things up. Created and written by the married duo of Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, and executive produced by Katja Blichfeld, Russell Gregory and Ben Sinclair.

Some other HBO-related news of late have been that the network’s Programming President Michael Lombardo left his post after 33 years and was followed by the networks former comedy executive(now THERE’S a title!) Casey Bloys. And “True Detective” may be done after two seasons and the creator Nic Pizzolatto will likely focus on developing entirely new material.

Whatever may come, HBO is definitely under a shake-up.




Granted, director Denis Villeneuve(“Prisoners”, “Enemy”) is pretty busy right now, working on the Ridley Scott-produced sequel to “Blade Runner“, but the news came out that after this he will once again join up with actor Jake Gyllenhaal for a movie. That movie is to be an adaptation of Norwgian writer Jo Nesbo‘s  suspense novel, “The Son”. The book follows a long-imprisoned drug addict who stages a breakout on a mission of vengeance when he discovers the surprising truths behind his father’s suicide.

Gyllenhaal will also produce the film under his Nine Stories-banner(the first movie produced through this banner: “Nightcrawler”), with his co-producer Riva Marker. Marker commented on “The Son” as follows: “Denis is one of the most inspiring filmmakers working today, and partnering with him on The Son represents everything that Jake and I strived for when we launched the company.  Provocative and edgy material in collaboration with a visionary storyteller.  We were attracted to The Son because beneath its dark and violent exterior is a universal story about a man who seeks the truth.




Yup, it’s a corridor from an “Alien“-movie allright…



(Not sponsored by BP, I imagine)



Well, Snipes Tweeted those two tweets this week. He is trying his damnest to get “Blade” back in some way, be it a movie OR a Netflix-show. Maybe they should go with a “DOFP”-style solution and attempt to wipe “Blade: Trinity” from the canon first?




Yup. Rila Fukushima, who played Yukio in “The Wolverine“, has joined Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks’ “Ghost in the Shell”. No word yet, what character she will play. Anyways – I imagine another fanboy-rage about the studio trying to this time cover their own ass from whitewashing-accusations starts in 3…2…1…

Un sigh.




This is pretty cool. It seems that the late director maestro Sergio Leone had an idea around 1987 to make a television series. The concept of the show would be akin to something like Anthony Mann‘s “Winchester ’73,” which traces the journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another; Only Leone’s show – titled simply “Colt” – would’ve followed the story of the revolver used by Clint Eastwood in “For a Fistful of Dollars.” Now it seems that The Leone Film Group, ran by Leone’s children Raffaella and Andrea Leone, is trying to resurrect this idea, based on a story treatment Leone made with his writing partner Sergio Donati back in the day.

It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told. We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more,” said Raffaella. Director Stefano Sollima(“Gomorra”) is set to direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner.



First on set-photos from Dunkirk arrived via Twitter and it’s nice to see that Nolan is using very old-school filmmaking techniques instead of going all grenscreen. The first proper plot synopsis was also released:

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on the epic action thriller “Dunkirk” is underway in Dunkirk, France. Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) is directing “Dunkirk” from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The production will shoot in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles.

“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

“Dunkirk” features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”) and Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.

The film is being produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy). Jake Myers (“The Revenant,” “Interstellar,” “Jack Reacher”) is serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (“Interstellar,” “Spectre,” “The Fighter”), production designer Nathan Crowley (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), editor Lee Smith (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy, “Elysium”), costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Bullets Over Broadway”), and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing “Dunkirk” worldwide and has slated the film for a July 21, 2017 release.




Well, it’s the statement by Nicholas Cage, that the script of the third “National Treasure“-movie is currently in the process of “Fact-checking”… Really? Because the first two movies were TOTALLY historically accurate?



That is all.

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I Am Better

Coming from the frozen wastelands of Finnish tundra. Mr. Better seeks warmth from his television & home theater and all the wonders they provide. He occasionally dabbles in the arts of drawing and photography.

    WESTWORLD – Cool.
    DIVORCE – More like Dihorse.
    INSECURE – Meh.
    THE SON – Cool.
    BLADE – Fuck yeah!
    SERGIO LEONE – Cool.
    DUNKIRK – Cool.

  • I_am_better

    See? Would’ve saved me 3 hours if i’d just typed that.

  • franks_television

    Sergio Leone show is kind of a cool idea. Would just depend on if the stories were good. Would be up for another western TV series, preferably on HBO.

  • Stalk👁

    Rila Fukushima should play Battle Angel or The Major in GiTS.
    You should never whitewash or blackwash anime based characters for film adaptations.
    That’s one of the reasons why Dragonball sucked ass!
    All the upcoming HBO shows sound lame with the exception of Westworld.
    “Divorce”? So SJP, will life imitate art since it has been said that hubby Matty couldn’t keep it in his pants?

  • I feel like I’ve heard the idea before somewhere.


    Yup, done not once, but twice before, right around the same time.


  • It’s why I rarely provide news articles lol.

  • Dee-abolik


  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    That Battle Angel chick better be doing a mo-cap job.

  • KilliK


  • Toruk_Makto

    Netflix Blade series….

    You get the right writers, the right directors, the right budget, the right villains, and most important of all Wesley Snipes does the fight choreography..

    It could quite possibly embarrass all the other Marvel shows so far in it’s awesomeness.

  • I_am_better
  • Toruk_Makto

    Looks like I’m going to have to avoid reviews for Warcraft before I see it. Critics seem to be sharpening their knives…

  • Dunkirk…

    “his own original screenplay”

    Uh oh, historians will be rioting

  • franks_television

    Any good?

  • franks_television

    I think AICN has reported on like two of these stories.

  • I_am_better

    No, all the historians are busy fact-checking the “National Treasure 3”-screenplay

  • I_am_better

    Should I start adding “!!!” after every headline?

  • franks_television

    I would show that you mean business.

  • I_am_better

    I gotta remember that!!!

  • Its true. All of it.

  • CoolHandJuke

    no matter how old i get, i’ll always movies with tits in them…

  • Tarmac492.1

    i mean when u stop enjoying tits u may as well die

  • Tarmac492.1

    oooo that Solondz film looks golden

  • Tarmac492.1

    fucking wesley snipes deserves more blade. while not the smartest move, that mofo deserves props for giving the middle finger to the IRS, one of the more heinous institutiions. taxes? try strong arming.

  • I_am_better

    Yeah, Blade 1-2 are gold in my books.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Pizzolatto developing a series called That. its about an evil centuries old monster who apears to children in the shape of a creepy mime. it takes place in the fictional town of Ferry, Massachussets.

  • Tarmac492.1

    word. really loved dorffs against the grain villain in the first. always enjoyed snipes. always bet on black.

  • Tarmac492.1

    even if Dunkirk a failure, i will applaud Nolan for swinging for the fences. Would love to see him or the Berg give us an R rated all quiet on the western front.

  • Zed

    Are you shopping for a new Hyundai? They can give some tips on that, too.

  • Tarmac492.1

    great work IAB. Now back to my bar b que and beers. Sooo many kids up in this motherfucker. my friends breed like rabbits.

  • Tarmac492.1

    totally agree

  • I_am_better

    Enjoy your B & B

  • Tarmac492.1

    im up for any western.

  • Zed

    “Harry has chosen Blockbuster By Mail and here’s why!!”

  • I_am_better

    Yeah, I really dig that there is not a single greenscreen in sight on those BTS shots of Dunkirk. Nolan really is at that kind of position with WB that he basically gets a blank check to do whatever he wants.

  • I_am_better

    Remember when he put out ads for his brother-in-law’s comic book-shop?

  • Zed

    I am shocked by your insinuation. Harold J. Knowles is a highly qualified and impartial critic of the arts and a bastion of journalistic integrity.

  • I_am_better


  • CoolHandJuke

    That’s what sister Josephine always said…

  • Never watched either.

  • CoolHandJuke

    that Japanese chick in the wolverine movie has the same jaw line of a chick i liked in high school…

  • Sagamanus

    I await Westworld. Hope it fares better than The Prisoner.

  • Stalk👁

    “my friends breed like rabbits.”
    Either they’re Catholic or extremely horny!! X)

  • Stalk👁

    Shit, didn’t Stephen Baldwin tried the same shit on the IRS and yet got a pass?

  • Stalk👁

    And proudly displayed in my curio’s Blu ray collection!

  • Stalk👁

    During the short lifespan of the rebooted Talkbacker, Puck and I published an April fool’s article about Blade and other supernatural Marvel characters having their own Netflix series. Hopefully, this will come to fruition so that we can actually gloat!

    But seriously, I really hope that they can revitalize Blade.

  • Bop

    What happened to RILA FUKUSHIMA’s face?

  • Bop

    The people at Netflix are sleeping.

  • Bop

    Blade and Sergio Leone – cool
    The rest – not so cool.

  • Tarmac492.1


  • Stalk👁


  • southafricanguy

    I think its a good choice. They were never going to cast an Asian…..and the Manga takes place in the remains of the US anyway…

  • southafricanguy

    its not looking good at all…..the general consensus is that warcraft is just not good

  • southafricanguy

    is Star Wars “celebration day” actually a thing?

  • KilliK

    you do that, mate. just as I knew it would happen, since the european premiere last week, the american industry (and their UK cousins) has started a propaganda war against the movie with the determination to destroy it in the BO. you must read their reviews to believe how hateful, biased and unfair they are. hell, they even brought in Duncan’s deceased father in their mocking of the movie and its director. morons.

    the good news is that the audience who saw it, the majority of it, fans and non fans, loved it. it is by no means a masterpiece, it has flaws but it’s entertaining, faithful to the games, has groundbreaking CGI and overall is a very good high fantasy film. hell, some of them said it has an 80s fantasy vibe in it and compared it to Willow, Ladyhawke and Legend. if that’s true, I know I am gonna love it.

  • southafricanguy

    a tv series would seem the most logical place for Blade.