Spinning Headlines – Week 31: Suicide Squad, Dunkirk, Alien: Covenant, Furious 8, M. Night Shyamalan, Bad Santa 2, James Cameron…
Well, shit. It’s been awhile. Yours truly just felt a bit tired and burnt out and blah blah excuses excuses blah…. I wanna thank my cohorts Stalkeye and Dee for stepping in and having a go at the crazy world that is a week in the online entertainment news and trying to make some sense of it all. It’s sometimes not that easy, you know – making sense of it. Which is the perfect segue to our first topic…
THE WEEK IN THE LIFE OF “SUICIDE SQUAD”
Holy hell. The online rumor/fact/whatever machine already spun into motion after those much-publicized reshoots a while back, but now that “Suicide Squad” is officially opening the level of cray just got completely out of hand. I will not make any comment for or against the movie, as I have not seen it yet. I will just TRY and make some sense of all the various things that have been screaming bloody headlines over the course of the week;
I guess the first thing is, that the movie seems to have a VERY mixed response. To the surprise of: no one.
Second: then there was the Hollywood Reporter-piece on the movie’s chaotic development; David Ayer having only 6 weeks to come up with a script, as the release date was set and time was of the essence. Then Ayer delivered his first cut – around the same time as “Batman V. Superman” was out and it got a VERY negative response(for a valid reason, I’ll tell you). Then there was the “Bohemian Rhapsody“-scored trailer for the movie which got a extatic response and apparently WB actually got Trailer Park – the company that made the trailer – to do a whole new cut of the movie and after that there were the reshoots and for a period of time there were two different cuts of the film being test-screened. And that “The movie’s got to do $750 million, $800 million to break even“.
Aaaand then there was that “Fuck Marvel“-Twitter thing with Ayer:
Sorry about getting caught up in the moment and saying f*ck Marvel. Someone said it. I echoed. Not cool. Respect for my brother filmmakers.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 2, 2016
Ayer still calls the version now released “his cut”. Admirable loyalty – considering that during the post-production period WB passed on Ayers next project, “Bright“, and he made a production deal with Netflix – even stating that he chose Netflix because they gave him “total creative freedom” (oh, snap!).
Then there was a fan outrage-petiton to shut down Rotten Tomatoes because it was giving the film such poor ratings. Which only makes me think: who in their right mind even thinks Rotten Tomatoes’ or EVEN the Imdb’s scoring systems have EVER been a valid meter of film critisism? Let’s not forget, that Imdb had the Will Smith-movie “I Am Legend” in their Top 100 films. Gimme a break.
It’s all very interesting. I guess the fans’ final verdict and the box-office will speak the truth at this point. We’ll be wiser(?) after this weekend, I’m sure.
Well, hell – from what little we see in this short teaser, it’s looking very good. And the filming is still ongoing at this point.
LATEST “ALIEN: COVENANT” CLIP TO SATISFY YOUR CURIOSITY
Yup – there is hypersleep (or: “Katherine Waterston in hypersleep”) in the movie – for all those who were worried about that sort of thing.
FIRST STILL OF HELEN MIRREN IN “FURIOUS 8”
The high octane team-up of Vin Diesel and Helen Mirren that you were all waiting for – in all its Instagram glory. I guess if Mirren’s character is so chummy with Toretto it means she won’t be playing the mother of the Shaw Brothers from the last two films – which really feels like a missed opportunity to me. But that’s just me I guess.
You know what? I’m actually sort of looking forward to this. I never saw M. Night Shyamalan‘s “The Visit” – it being “found footage” and all really didn’t get my intrigue up – but this looks really interesting.
THE MOST PERFECT CASTING OF ALL TIME?
Willem Dafoe has been cast as the voice the role of a “death god” Shinigami in Adam Wingard’s adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga “Death Note”. As you can see from the picture, the likeness is uncanny. “Death Note“, also starring Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi and Shea Whigham is due out on Netflix next year.
FIRST TEASER TO CHRISTOPHER GUEST’S “MASCOTS”
Netflix released the first teaser to “Mascots” – Christopher Guest‘s first original feature since 2006’s Oscar buzz-centric “For Your Consideration”, starring Guest-regulars Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins as well as a lot of other folks – and boy does it look good.
“BAD SANTA 2” POSTER
Yeah – the sequel no one expected but was announced earlier this year. And I gotta be frank here; even though many people say that it was Karl from “Sling Blade” or something that will be the role Billy Bob Thornton will always remembered from – I’ll say it’s the Bad Santa. And now we will be getting more, come November 23rd. More still images from the movie also got released.
You know – i kinda wish they went all the way and called this “Bad Santa 2: Santa Harder“. But that’s just me…
Love the “thisisBS”-hashtag though.
“DEADWOOD” MOVIE BEING WRITTEN, SAYS HBO
Well – that’s what they say. HBO’s new head of programming Casey Bloys said that “David [Milch] is writing the script. We haven’t read it yet…I imagine it will be very good”. Well – duh. I guess we can put this in the “better late than never“-file.
OH – JUST IN CASE THIS GOT LOST IN ALL THOSE OTHER TRAILERS COMING FROM COMIC CON…
…the trailer for the fourth series of “Sherlock” also came out. And goddammit it looks as exciting as ever.
THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF A FEW WEEKS AGO
This is not a topic from this week, but from about two weeks ago, but I just felt I HAD to have it here as it’s a pretty major one. During the recent “Aliens” 30th anniversary cast/crew-reunion, James Cameron was giving all sorts of news, but the BIGGEST(in my mind) was the news that his 1989 film “The Abyss” will FINALLY make it’s way into the Blu-Ray. Why is this such big news? Well – the answer is two-fold:
First: the home video release-history of “The Abyss” is really bad. The DVD-release of the movie is STILL only existing on non-anamorphic widescreen, which is a goddamned atrocity if you ask me (granted, there apparently is a Chinese DVD that was anamorphic, but who the hell has the chutzpah to try and hunt that one down? It’s like – one region out of all the existing ones. And that one doesn’t even have all the extras of the other releases).
Second: “The Abyss” really, honestly is the second-to-last REALLY GREAT James Cameron-film. The only one after this was “Terminator 2“, which Cameron is also re-releasing as a 3D version later this year as he also told in the same interview.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Apparently Peter Block, the producer of the “Saw“-franchise, has gotten the rights for the classic Stan Winston-directed, Lance Henriksen-starring 1988 film “Pumpkinhead” and is in the process of making a reboot on it. Yeah – I sorta expected some reboot-news after my little vacation and boy was it a sad one.
Oh! There was also that other thing where Channing Tatum is now set to star in a remake of Ron Howard’s “Splash”. But there’s a TWIST, see – apparently it wil be TATUM who is the Mer-Man now. How clever.
That is all.