Spinning Headlines – Week 32: Rock vs. Diesel, Old Man Logan, Rogue One, Denis Villeneuve, Dolph Lundgren, Star Trek: Discovery, Luke Cage…
Hi. Another week has passed and it’s time for the annual “bullshit – or not?“-session. So without more jabbering, let’s get to it:
Of course the big talk of the week came from the last week of filming “Fast 8“, when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made an uncharacteristically venomous Instagram-post, fully calling an unnamed male castmember an “unprofessional chickenshit candy-ass” (if I quoted that quite right).
The day after, news broke quickly that the target of this rant was Star/Producer Vin Diesel, and his diva-like attitude on set. And a lot of the crew quickly took sides with The Rock on this matter. There was a report that the two had some sort of an emergency meeting to try and patch things up, and Rock later released another post to try and cool things down a little.
And the latest to add in this is Diesel, now saying that he will “tell everything” soon enough.
Whatever this is, it just all reeks of kids in the sandbox. But you can’t say it’s not been entertaining. Gotta love the social media XD
“OLD MAN LOGAN” SAYS HI
The look that Hugh Jackman has in his latest Instagram post from the set of “Wolw3rine – or what ever they will end up calling it” says it all. Logan has seen better days. Also, Patrick Stewart told ITV this week that his character Charles Xavier will be “A very different Charles Xavier, that’s all I’m allowed to say. Nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past” and that this might be “the end of this franchise for me.” But he was fast to point out that “the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end, it’s over.”
“ROGUE ONE” – NEW TRAILER BLASTS OFF
Look – I was sold on “Rogue One” the minute I learned of Donnie Yen being in it as a blind Samurai who mows down stormtroopers left, right and center. That was the ticket for me.
AND SPEAKING OF “STAR WARS”…
…it now turns out that there’s yet another “Star Wars“-universe backstory we’re about to see. Per The Wrap comes the news that the Alden Ehrenreich-starring, Young Han Solo-centric spinoff-movie is now casting for a young Lando Calrissian. So I guess we’ll get to learn the circumstances of how Han won the Millennium Falcon for himself.
“BAD BOYS FOR LIFE” GETS A JANUARY 2018 RELEASE DATE
The third “Bad Boys“-movie, to be directed by Joe Carnahan (“Smokin’ Aces”, “Stretch“) – now re-titled as “Bad Boys For Life” got it’s release date moved to January 12, 2018. This was due to both Sony shuffling the release dates of it’s other titles as well as Will Smith‘s busy schedule. Which was kinda a given – I can’t imagine Martin Lawrence having a busy filming schedule. Do you?
1ST TEASER OF DENIS VILLENEUVE’S “ARRIVAL”
And no – it’s not a remake of the Charlie Sheen-film. Here’s the full lowdown of what this is about:
“When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. In theatres Nov 11, 2016”
“ARROW” SEASON 5 ADDS IVAN DRAGO TO THE CAST
I have not seen a single episode of The CW’s “Arrow“. Not one. But for this I actually might have to tune in: in the Television Critics Associations press tour the producers of the show broke news that Dolph Lundgren has been cast in the show to play an as yet-unnamed antagonist in the seasons Russia-set flashbacks (I have no idea what this means – I guess the regular viewers can fill me in as to what this flashback-business means) for three episodes, and he will have a fight with Arrow, says executive producer Wendy Mericle, “That fight will be one for the ages. They’re going to go and have a big old brawl.“.
SOME DETAILS OF “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY”
During that same TCA press tour, showrunner Bryan Fuller gave some details on the upcoming TV-revival of “Star Trek“, “Star trek: Discovery”. Let’s just go through some of them in order:
- the series will have a 13 episode first season (and as Fuller has said before, will tell one continuous story).
- will be set in the “prime” universe — meaning not in the J.J. Abrams movie universe — and takes place 10 years before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission.
- will examine a “tantalizing” event already established in Star Trek lore, but not yet seen in any incarnations (your guess is a good as mine here – maybe the Romulan War and the creation of the Neutral Zone?).
- will feature a human female lead, as well as “respect the already-established tradition of diversity in the casting of ‘Star Trek’“
The filming is set to begin soon, so casting announcements can be “expected in the following weeks”. “Star Trek: Discovery” will make its debut on CBS in 2017. Subsequent episodes will be made available exclusively on paid SVOD service, CBS All Access.
“DON’T BREATHE” TRAILER
So here’s the trailer of director Fede Alvarez‘s second feature film following his slightly underwhelming 2013 “Evil Dead“-remake. Looks to be very close to the visual style of that film, but at least THIS doesn’t have the enormous baggage of following in the footsteps of some major cult classics. So maybe this time we’ll see what Alvarez is really made of?
“BAD SANTA 2” REDBAND TRAILER
Kinda speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
THE NEVERENDING MUSICAL CHAIRS OF “THE CROW”-REBOOT CAST/CREW CONTINUES
The latest actor – which would be about the 6th one in the last two year – to be attached to play the lead role in the forever-in-development hell “The Crow“-remake/reboot/whatever is Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa. Yup – you read that right. From purely a visual standpoint, this seems like such a bad miscasting that it almost seems Relativity Media is pulling a Luthor.
We’ll see – this is still an “in talks” type news.
Looking good. The full synopsis for Netflix’s “Luke Cage“:
“After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.”
WARNER BROS. ANNOUNCES MORE OF “OCEAN’S 8” LINEUP
Sooooo – the current cast roster for the Gary Ross-written/directed, Steven Soderbergh-produced reboot of his own “Ocean’s”-remake franchise was announced by WB and it goes as follows: Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, with new additions of Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina.
As you shirley can count, that’s seven names. I guess the eighth Ocean will be announced soon, as the filming is set to start in New York in October.
There’s also still time to add Chris Hemsworth as a goofy supporting character.
“FRIDAY THE 13TH” REBOOT LANDS DIRECTOR
Yes – the in-development 2nd reboot of the “Friday the 13th“-franchise (still coming from Michael Bay’s Platidum Dunes, mind you) has a director. He’s Breck Eisner, whom you might remember from such classics as “Sahara”, “The Crazies”-remake and “The Last Witch Hunter”.
So they have that going for them.
Which is nice.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Well – that must be the news that Brad Pitt is desperately trying to court David Fincher as the director for the sequel of “World War Z“ (I wonder what they’re gonna call that one? World War II Z?)
Jesus Harold Christ. I hope that the current trend of Fincher’s projects being falling off to the wayside (at HBO and other places) has not made him desperate enough to accept this. And why does that movie cry for a sequel anyways?
I mean – with, for example, THIS cult-classic in the making to be crazing our cinema screens shortly and all:
That is all.