Spinning Headlines – Week 4: Star Wars, Civil War, Blade Runner 2, The X-Files, We’re Wolves… Spinning Headlines – Week 4: Star Wars, Civil War, Blade Runner 2, The X-Files, We’re Wolves…
This week we got "Star Wars Episode IX" being shot on film, Kathryn Bigelow's & Mark Boals next project, "Blade Runner"-sequel filming start date,... Spinning Headlines – Week 4: Star Wars, Civil War, Blade Runner 2, The X-Files, We’re Wolves…

Hello, it’s news time again.

As always, check out the Supernaughts “News”-section for daily updates – it was a surprisingly uneventful week this week, but be sure to at least pay your respects to the late Abe Vigoda, if you haven’t already. And share the outrage about some reboot-news as well as casting news.

So what’s actually happened during the week? Let’s take a gander:

First off – a little statement from the Disney Head Honcho Bob Iger, regarding the future of Marvel and Star Wars-movies:

“There are five Star Wars films – four more with Episode VII: The Force Awakens – that are in varying stages of development and production. There will be more after that, I don’t know how many, I don’t know how often.”

Marvel, you’re dealing with thousands and thousands of characters – that will go on forever.

 

STAR WARS EPISODE IX WILL BE SHOT ON FILM

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This came from the director of the said episode, Colin Trevorrow, during a press conference at Sundance Film Festival. And Trevorrow has an interesting logic behind this decision – but I’ll let the man himself explain:

It’s a period film,” Trevorrow joked. “It happened a long time ago. There’s something in my brain that says, ‘well they didn’t have video cameras then…’” I kinda like that logic – it’s both a joke but also makes sense at the same time. The panel in which Trevorrow made this announcement was actually a panel about the olde(well – NOW it’s ‘olde’ already, I’d say) “merits of film vs. digital”-debate. He was joined in the panel by the likes of Christopher Nolan and Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer of “Fruitvale Station.”

Here’s that whole panel, in case you’re interested:

 

BIGELOW & BOAL GO TO DETROIT

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Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are returning to U.S. soil after their two previous collaborations (“The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty“) pretty much took place in the Middle East or thereabouts. Their next film – which is still going with the name Untitled Detroit Project will also be co-produced by the two, along with Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. The very scarce synopsis of the film is, that it’s “a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967.” And that’s about all that is known at this point. Their plan is to start shooting the film this summer, with the release targeted at 2017 – the 50th anniversary of the mentioned riots.

 

“BLADE RUNNER”-SEQUEL SET TO START SHOOTING IN JULY

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Yup – the Denis Villeneuve-directed, Ryan Cosling-starring, Harrison Ford-also-starring sequel, from the best script Ford has read in a long time written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green is set to officially begin filming this July. The news comes with the announcement that Sony Pictures has landed international distribution rights for the film. No plot details nor additional casting news as of yet.

 

“WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS”-FOLLOWUP GETS A TITLE

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Taika Waititi, the co-writer/director of the New Zealander vampire mockumentary “What We Do In The Shadows” – which I have yet not seen, to my great dismay – confirmed that he and Jemaime Clement are working on a spin-off for the film which would focus on the werewolves. The title of the film? “We’re Wolves“. Waititi is of course in the middle of the production of Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” right now, so this might take a little while…

 

WAR MACHINE “PIVOTAL” IN “CIVIL WAR”, SAYS CHEADLE

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A lot of people noticed the short shot of Tony Stark kneeled next to the body of a seriously injured/dying War Machine in the “Captain America: Civil War“-trailer, kinda prompting many to ask if Marvel Studios would actually go to those lengths. Well – there might be at least something there, because Don Cheadle had this to say about his character’s story:

I never know what it’s going to be and they keep their cards very close to their breast with Marvel. I never know where the character’s going to go, but he’s become more and more and in the next one, you’ll see that what happens to Rhodey is a little bit more intense and pivotal to what happens in the rest of the stories.

So – I’d say that Rhodey’s fate – whatever it will be – might be something of a catalyst to “Civil War“, at least…

 

KEVIN SPACEY AS A…CAT?

I don’t rally know if this would qualify as a “spit-take of the week” or not. It might be such an insane concept that it might actually….work. And hey; Barry Sonnenfeld finally made a movie that isn’t “Men in Black“. Plus it’s got The Walken!

 

“50 SHADES OF GREY” SEQUEL ADDS CAST

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Here’s a picture from 1989’s “Batman”. See that instead. Thank me later.

Oh, wait – I don’t actually give a shit about this film.

Anyways, Kim Basinger is in talks to play a boss/former S/M-partner of Patrick Bateman… I mean Gabriel Gray…or was it Christian….  no, I mean I really don’t care.

 

“TRIPLE 9”-POSTER

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John Hillcoat’s “Triple 9″ opens in theaters on February 26th and they just released a new poster. Pretty cool.

 

CHRIS CARTER EXPLAINS THE “X-FILES” REVIVAL EPISODE ORDER

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I know a lot of people who watched the first two episodes of the “X-Files” revival series noticed that there seemed to be a weird jump forward between episodes 1 and 2. And it turns out that the order of airing the episodes was changed: Episode 2 is now Episode 4, Episode 4 is now Episode 5, and Episode 5 is now Episode 2. As for the others, Episode 3 remains in its original slot, while 1 and 6 are still what they were intended to be. And as a response to fan community’s “Is Fox fucking up the order?(they are known for that – see Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” for further evidence)”- inquiries, Chris Carter told TV Insider what actually happened there: “Because we have a story arc that runs through the middle of the series…we were concerned that, coming right off a mythology episode [and] going right into a standalone episode, people would say, “What’s happened?” So, it actually worked out. It served Episode 2 better to replace it with 5. It created a better continuity…We’ve come and done what we’ve always done: we give you an amazing mix of episodes—we’ve given you thriller episodes, we’ve given you scary episodes, emotional episodes, comedy episodes.

 

GARETH EVANS SHOOTS A NICE LITTLE SAMURAI-SHORTFILM AS A “TEST”

This was damned good fun. Gareth Evans – the director of “The Raid 1-2” was testing some fight choreography and tone of violence that would fit inside the PG-13 boundaries, and shot a pretty damned impressive black & white samurai-film as that test. I actually saw this about 1,5 hours after I had watched Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” – and I am willing to bet money that Evans had that in mind at the time of shooting, because there are a lot of shots that are similar here.

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

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This:

 

That is all.

 

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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.

  • Stalkeye

    War Machine Buys it? I guess that makes two black Heroes who died in Marvel’s Civil War. )0:

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!

    http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/marveldatabase/images/3/3c/Civil_War_Vol_1_4_page_10_Thor_(Clone)_(Earth-616).jpg/revision/latest?cb=20091222224523

  • I_am_better

    Just speculating…

  • Stalkeye

    There is absolutely NO need for a Blade Runner sequel as there is no need for a series based on Stretch Armstrong….oh, wait..!!

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/28/10860620/netflix-hasbro-stretch-armstrong-television-series

  • I_am_better
  • Stalkeye

    That’s exactly how i felt when hearing about this.

  • Stalkeye

    It sure as Shit looks that way after i first laid eyes upon thine trailer.
    Also, Stark breaks out the Hulkbuster Armor later on.
    Remember when Tony responded to Cap’s “He’s my friend” with “So was I”. You can tell that Stark’s HUD is much bigger. Shit really gets real!!!

    http://www.daneoleary.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Civil-War-Trailer-23_So-Was-I.jpg

  • Stalkeye

    X)

  • franks_television

    This whole thing with making sequels hundreds of years later is interesting.

  • franks_television

    Blade runner, Star Wars, Top Gun, X Files, Twin Peaks, Evil Dead, Prometheus (prequel but still), Ghostbusters (or is that just a reboot?), Independence Day. Probably others.

  • franks_television

    Seeing Blade Runner tonight. Should be enjoyable.

  • franks_television

    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

  • franks_television

    Free Hobbit edits if anyone wants one.

  • Never even noticed there were any “continuity” issues in the first two episodes of X-Files. Maybe because they were fucking great so who gives a shit?

  • Shooting of Season 3 of The Fall wrapped.

  • Ryan Cosling. =)

  • I_am_better

    All original properties seem to tank at the box office.

  • I_am_better

    At least it’s not Jai Courtney.

  • Jai Gourtney.

  • franks_television

    Nobody wants to see some new thing.

  • franks_television

    That show is good. Very dark.

  • franks_television

    Cai Jourtney

  • franks_television

    I was confused most of the time but liked seeing the band back together. Looking forward to what looks like more of a monster of the week this week.

  • I_am_better

    I guess it was the way they had the office up & running so fast. But really – that happened several times in the old episodes too, after the files got closed those few times…

  • I_am_better

    Puck, did you notice the continuity error of the “I want to believe”-poster? I recall Doggett rolling that up at the end of the series finale…
    Mulder must have an endless supply of those somewhere…XD

  • franks_television

    I have the same type as the serial killer in that, but I don’t want to kill them. He’s better looking though, so it might be a toss up.

  • Dee

    no thanks

  • CoolHandJuke

    I’m working on a movie called Dick Punch…

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Haha

  • Magnificent Breadford

    I come up with snarky comments as I read through this and then I forget them when I get to the end.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    That film Q&A is pretty good but Alex Ross Perry is irritating and seems to think he has clout.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Panel discussion I guess, not Q&A

  • Magnificent Breadford

    You know what I mean!

  • franks_television

    Yeah that was super witty

  • Magnificent Breadford

    What’s the run time?

  • I_am_better

    Film discussion q&a panel.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Deakins did an interesting interview in the last week or so about how he doesn’t find the current film infrastructure to be worth working in with the lack of resources when there are problems now. Apparently they had some sort of difficult issue during the Hail Caesar shoot and he’s urging the Coens to go digital.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    “We did have some problems. We had some stock issues and stuff like that, which was really disconcerting. And I’ve heard that’s happened to a lot of people lately, you know, stock and lab problems. That’s unnerving. I mean I never really remember having those kind of problems before. But it makes me nervous now. I don’t want to do that again, frankly. I don’t think the infrastructure’s there.”
    http://variety.com/2016/artisans/in-contention/hail-caesar-roger-deakins-celluloid-1201687528/

  • Magnificent Breadford

    New host of Marketplace

  • franks_television

    Too long for you.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Burn!

  • I_am_better

    Hmm. Running out of certain film stocks, perhaps…?

  • Magnificent Breadford

    He’s just vague enough that I’m not sure what exactly it was. I would think having a more limited choice of stocks wouldn’t necessarily be what’s making him nervous. Someday we’ll probably hear about some massive sequence that got reshot because of a lab error or something.

  • I_am_better

    Yeah. Or maybe some labs can’t process some stocks. Who knows.

  • franks_television

    Just the truth. These are for people who liked the movies overall but had issues with some specific aspects.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    The abridged version

  • franks_television

    More or less.

  • I_am_better

    “Franks’ notes”

  • Magnificent Breadford

    I just want PTA’s next movie on 70mm.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Glad it’s not the Pinocchio thing.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Blade Runner – sequel team

    I don’t envy these people at all.

    Nine Lives Trailer

    Wait..was that framing rectangle left in that commercial on purpose? That or someone screwed up big time post-production.

    Gareth Evans

    I thought his Godzilla movie was okay. But after watching that
    short it tells me that thatis where his true passions lay.
    Godzilla felt a little perfunctory…this felt like he was home.

    Top Gun

    I don’t understand.
    But then I don’t understand the whole mummy thing either.
    Only thing I do know…

    Minority Report
    Collateral
    Tropic Thunder
    War of the Worlds
    Mission Impossible
    Jack Reacher
    Oblivion
    Edge of Tomorrow

    He’s Tom Cruise…and I’m not.

    Can’t wait to bing watch the new X-files series
    Scully!

  • I_am_better

    Little note:
    Gareth Evans – The Raid 1-2
    Gareth Edwards – Godzilla

  • Toruk_Makto

    Is there a higher res version of that somewhere? (aside from giving Marvel subscription money, that is)

  • Stalkeye

    There are scans available if you look hard enough. I purchased the books via Comixology/Kindle whenever there’s a discount. Its much cheaper than print books.

  • Slate_Fistcrunch

    Jack has a few thoughts on this issue.

  • JAGUART

    I sat through it twice in the theater in 1982. After Siskel and Ebert trashed it, I quit watching them for twenty years.

  • Jack Randomm

    Blarg.

  • Toruk_Makto

    What should I watch tonight!!!??? I’m out of ideas!

  • KilliK

    What happened to Walken’s career?

  • KilliK

    did they think the replicants were aliens from another planet?

  • KilliK

    I like how they are still debating the digital vs film issue, when digital was already won the war. The industry is already moving to digital, so the film will become obsolete eventually.

  • JAGUART

    Back then, you sorta wondered if Deckard was a replicant. It made sense that you’d make a replicant to hunt other replicants. The big issue with the film was that it was not successful upon
    release because audiences (myself included) were so used to seeing Harrison Ford in a pulpy “heroic” role they couldn’t shift gears. They wanted a “Harrison Ford Movie”. It didn’t feel right.

  • KilliK

    makes sense, the industry is moving to digital, the demise of film is inevitable.

  • CoolHandJuke

    I hope no one ever says the same thing about your mother’s ass…

  • Kylo Ronin

    Ebert did come around on Blade Runner eventually though.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Don’t mind if I do!

  • CoolHandJuke

    Porn…

  • Kylo Ronin

    Jurassic Park 5: MOAR DINOSAURS

    Bigelow and Boal: MOAR PATHOS

    Blade Runner 2: MOAR VILLENEUVE

    We’re Wolves: MOAR BASGHETTI

    Captain America Civil War: MOAR CAP

    Nine Lives: MOAR WALKEN

    Triple 9: MOAR ACTION

    X-Files: MOAR MONSTERS

    Gareth Evan’s short: Sure, I guess. He improved with The Raid 2

    TOP GUN: MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Trevorrow’s rationale makes little sense on either level. First, they didn’t have film movie cameras, either, prior to the very late 1800s. And the subjective cinematic “eye” isn’t supposed to be a literal “camera” recording events. Does he think Star Wars is found-footage?

    Trevorrow sounds like Abrams – another dumbass huckster!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Just like the characters in Terminator.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yep. The reasons these guys now give for still using film come across as ill-defined, contradictory, and sometimes downright stupid.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    War Machine will be crippled. He won’t be killed off. I’d be very surprised if Marvel killed anyone off…at least, yet.

  • Sagamanus

    Pay no attention to Dee T-Bone. I appreciate your effort and was planning on taking another look anyway. I’ll watch yours instead.

  • Sagamanus

    Someone’s got to die in the Marvel Uni as HW kills people as fast food dynamite, reigniting interest. Of course they’ll just kill the black guy.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It’s the Marvel universe, so I suppose it doesn’t really matter as no one stays dead there forever.

    Alternate realities; alien blood; molecular reintegration: they have a hundred ways to bring back deceased characters. They do it all the time in the comics.

  • Dee

    Whedon introduced the idea of killing of main characters so that this totally subversive twist would obscure that the rest of his work is riddled with cliches.

  • Sagamanus

    True.

  • Sagamanus

    Yeah but you can’t innovate too much in HW. The audience doesn’t tolerate it. One or two changes to the template and that’s it. Go overboard and your audience will look at the theater entrance as if it’s the gate to Hell and won’t go in.

  • Sagamanus

    The Pirates of the Caribbean films?

  • Dee

    Ghoulies.

  • Dee

    You sadist.

  • Sagamanus

    Just rewatched all 4 again this week.

  • Kylo Ronin

    And Fifty Shades can fuck off into the Sarlacc pit.

  • Dee

    You like them? Didn’t expect that.

  • Sagamanus

    Yeah. I didn’t think I did. But yeah, they work better all watched together. Sure they got problems.

  • Dee

    I think they are a wasted opportunity. Bruckheimer concept board cinema.

  • Sagamanus

    Do you watch the show Black Sails?

  • Dee

    No, I don’t.

  • Dee

    A few years ago I would have disagreed, now I am not sure anymore.

  • slone13

    Not a damn thing. In fact, he’s making more per picture now than he ever has.

  • Dee

    He himself is definitely not suffering…

  • KilliK

    heh, my comment was referring that. one of the examples why I never give a shit about the “professional” film critics.

    funny thing, in the past few days I am having a debate with an elitist jerk who worships, literally worships TFA and is doing his hardest to defend that POS. when I provided a few examples of youtube video reviews who were trashing his beloved movie, you know what was his argument?

    that those youtube film critics were not real critics because they havent finished any university, so their opinion doesnt hold any credibility and gravitas like that of the “real pro” film critics who work in “serious” movie media like THR,Variety,Empire,etc..

    according to him, you cant be a real film critic unless you have studied it in some university. I asked him what university is that where I can go to get my diploma for film criticism, but I am still waiting for an answer…

  • KilliK

    where? I havent seen him in an a-list movie for years.

  • KilliK

    infinity gauntlet. Tony or Cap or Ant-Man or whoever, holds it and wishes everything to be back like it was before CW and presto, everyone is back alive and well.

  • slone13

    Hollywood.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I wonder if he also thinks those who write for sites like Devin Faraci’s, or Red Letter Media and Ain’t It Cool News, qualify as “professionals”? Lest we forget, Faraci wrote for Empire and gave Terminator Salvation four stars.

    Anybody who tries to disqualify You Tube video reviews or other so-called “non-professional” ones on general principle is a fraud. A strong argument is a strong argument, no matter where it comes from.

    It sounds like he can’t counter any of the points raised and is trying to dismiss them out of hand because of it. That’s a very transparent and amateurish gambit, a child’s way of debating. Don’t let him get away with it; repeatedly direct that asshole back to the criticisms at hand and watch him flounder

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    He still stars in some A or B list movies in supporting roles, but also appears in a lot of forgettable crap as well.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    If that happens, I’m walking out. Sounds like that Spider-Man story, One More Day.

  • Indrid Cold

    ” wonder if he also thinks those who write for sites like Red Letter Media qualify as “professionals”?

    “Anybody who tries to disqualify You Tube video reviews or other so-called “non-professional” ones on general principle is a fraud”

    Red Letter Media is entirely youtube reviews. Try to talk about something without making shit up for a change, otherwise, as status quo, you make no fucking sense.

  • Sagamanus

    Stand Up Guys was good for a watch or two.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Red Letter Media is an established, semi-professional site with a big fanbase and some inbuilt credibility (God knows why). They aren’t simply random You Tube Vlog reviewers doing their thing, which is what KillIK was talking about.

    Do you understand the distinction between the two things we’re discussing here, you tedious imbecile?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I haven’t seen it. The last thing I saw Walken in was Jersey Boys, which wasn’t very good – although Walken, playing a neighborhood mafioso in it, was as amusing as ever.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Watched that last night!

  • Toruk_Makto

    I fell asleep. But that’s a good choice.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Maybe if kiera had gotten her little ones out for viewing pleasure…

  • KilliK

    yeah, he doesnt consider those film critics either. Only people who write in prestigious newspapers, magazines, etc. you know people who have studied their “job” in the university.

    and no I am not going to let him go that easy. Now he is arguing with some other fellas who disliked Finn’s character. To him, everything is perfect in TFA and “everybody loved Finn while everybody hated young Anakin”. his exact words. I am writing a reply now explaining why Finn is not only the stereotypical black token guy but even worse he is an Uncle Tom caricature.

    Pity it’s in a greek forum, you would have a riot with the arguments he uses to defend TFA and the accolades he gives it. What irritates me with this guy is his pretentiousness, you know he acts as a man of culture, that he is an expert on the art of cinema, he reads only a-list film critics, he doesnt accept criticism from people who are not experts on cinema, he shows contempt towards Lucas as a filmmaker and he consider his SW shallow films for kids, but on the other hand he praises TFA as the ultimate crowd pleaser. and he is not trolling, he is posting for years, that’s how he is.

    Oh, and I did post the links of both your review and Creepy’s over there, for other people to read and see what a terrible movie it really is. I hope you are ok with that.

  • ErnestRister

    Born on the Fourth of July
    The Color of Money
    Magnolia

  • Zed

    As with most civil wars, both sides are wrong.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    Goodness, there are several Universities that offer courses and degrees in film studies/criticism. Columbia, UCLA, USC, and NYU are but a few.

  • Zed

    Ryan Gosling in a soft reboot of Blade Runner.
    A franchise babysitter pretending to discuss the art of film.
    PG-13 fight choreography.

  • Zed

    Holy schnikes. Was Basinger in a car accident? That crashed into the Ugly Tree?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I don’t mind, at all. I would love that smug asshole to read it. It’s a pity I can’t write in Greek because he sounds like he needs to be taken down a peg or two.

  • But Denis Villeneuve is co-writing and directing the movie. Check out his movies and you might regain some hope.

  • And don’t forget Monsters, a very god movie too.

  • Frimmel

    I’ve basically lost my gig in an art-house cinema because of the shift to digital projection. We can’t get prints to screen anymore.