Spinning Headlines – Week 5: Twin Peaks, Ghost in the Shell, George Miller, Furious 9-10, Guardians Vol.2, Miles Davis… Spinning Headlines – Week 5: Twin Peaks, Ghost in the Shell, George Miller, Furious 9-10, Guardians Vol.2, Miles Davis…
"Twin Peaks" casting, George Miller talks about how his "Justice League" crashed, "Ghost in the Shell"-adaptation starts filming and adds villain, Universal gives "Furious"... Spinning Headlines – Week 5: Twin Peaks, Ghost in the Shell, George Miller, Furious 9-10, Guardians Vol.2, Miles Davis…

Friday again – time to take a look at what was in the presses. As always, take a look at the Supernaughts “News”-section for daily updates during the week. This week we got things like Stephen King’sThe Stand“-movie adaptation hitting a little speed bump, Bryan Singer’s20,000 Leagues Under the Seastarting filming and a futuristic “Zorro“(yes, you read that right) in the works.

What else?

 

“TWIN PEAKS” SEASON 3 ADDS CAST

Seems that David Lynch is gathering one hell of a cast for his in-production “Twin Peaks“-revival. This week it was reported that Naomi Watts and Tom Sizemore are the latest new additions to the cast. Watts became almost an overnight star after her performance in Lynch’s 2001 film “Mulholland Drive“, so I’m sure she didn’t need much persuading to join the project. Sizemore on the other hand was a bit of a surprise – after his very public meltdown with substance(and spousal) abuse in the early 2000’s, he has not exactly starred in any high-profile productions.

A grim-looking Cooper on set at Mojave Desert back in October

Before these two, it was already reported that Laura Dern(rumored to play Agent Cooper’s never-seen secretary Diane), Jennifer Jason Leigh and Amanda Seyfried(rumored to play Cooper’s daughter) would join the series, in addition of Miguel Ferrer(as the sardonic FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield), Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee and possibly Mädchen Amick – and Michael Horse(Deputy Hawk) was of course seen in the latest teaser video(seen above). There’s also a rumor that Lynch himself would reprise his role as the hearing-impaired FBI Chief GORDON COLE!!!  So far though, the only officially confirmed castmember is Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper – but many of the above-mentiond people have already been spotted in the filming locations.

I’d say the “Twin Peaks”-revival is gearing up to be something very special indeed.

 

“GHOST IN THE SHELL” CASTS VILLAIN, STARTS FILMING

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Whether we wanted/needed it or not, the live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” – based on the Manga series by Masamune Shirow as well as both anime movies and a TV-series – has now officially started filming, under the direction of Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman“). The movie revolves around a female member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit (Scarlett Johansson), which specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Now it’s reported that Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Hannibal“) has signed to play the antagonist of the movie called The Laughing Man – “a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot. He has a unique sense of style and has been described as a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.” Now, this tells us one thing – this movie will NOT be solely a remake of the Mamoru Oshii-directed 1995 Anime movie, as The Laughing Man doesn’t appear in that. He appears in the early 2000’s Anime series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” – so they’re definitely mixing things up.

 

DR.SHAW A NO-SHOW IN “ALIEN: COVENANT”

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Ridley Scott confirmed that Noomi Rapace’s characer Elizabeth Shaw will not feature in “Alien: Covenant” – the sequel set 10 years after the events of “Prometheus“. So far the only confirmed castmember is Michael Fassbender as the android David – and maybe Katherine Waterston. The rest of the casting is still ongoing, as filming is set to start in April.

 

GEORGE MILLER SPEAKS UP ABOUT “JUSTICE LEAGUE”

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As were closing the premiere of “Justice League”Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice“, George Miller decided to spill the beans about what happened to his attempt at filming a Justice League-movie during one of the many hiatuses in the prepping for “Mad Max: Fury Road“. In an in-depth interview for The Hollywood Reporter, he told the following:

That was, oh, seven years ago, I think. And there was a really great script. And Warners said, “Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.” I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time. And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.

It’s actually a very interesting interview, so take a look. There’s some really intersting tidbits about the chaotic shoot of Millers 1987 film “The Witches of Eastwick” – which he quit TWICE during the filming.

 

“BATMAN V. SUPERMAN” INTERNATIONAL TRAILER

While we’re on the subject – here’s the latest International trailer for the “BvS”-movie. Not much new footage here – and Jesse Eisenberg’s “Boys!” still makes me gringe.

 

TAIKA WAITITI TALKS “THOR: RAGNAROK”

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Just some little snippets of an interview, but director Taika Waititi gave some details about “Thor: Ragnarok” to Wired. Regarding Loki(Tom Hiddleston), he said “At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.” And on Cate Blanchett and the possibility of her playing Hela: “Yes. Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy. Yeah, the rumor[of Hela] … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.

So, actually he said nothing whatsoever – they’re still deeply in pre-production. But for some reason it was newsworthy that he had no actual news.

 

“FURIOUS 9-10” RELEASE DATES ALREADY SET

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Universal and Vin Diesel are not messing around. In the spirit of Disney/Marvel and Warner/DC, they decided to announce all the future release dates of their own superhero franchise – the “Fast & Furious“-series – all at once. As seen in Diesel’s Instagram post above, in addition to the in-production part 8, which is set to premiere April 14th, 2017, the following movies will premiere in 2019 and 2021. And it seems that 10 is the one where they will finish it. At that point Diesel will be 54 years old, so would it be credible for Dominic Toretto to keep on street racing after that point? Who knows. The latest installments have been good in the “stupid but fun”-category and made billions, so…

 

“MILES AHEAD” TRAILER

The first trailer for the Don Cheadle-directed/starring/co-written Miles Davis-film, “Miles Ahead” came out this week. Here’s a full synopsis for the film(which has been Cheadle’s passion project for a long time now):

MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle’s bravura directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.

A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Davis’ mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis’ muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles’ mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late ’70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.

 

SOME BTS-PICTURES FROM “GURDIANS VOL.2” REHEARSALS

James Gunn is actively giving little teases to the social media about the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel. Here’s two of the latest.

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

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Well, I see a recurring pattern here. Lately it’s been movies-to-TV adaptations. Here’s the latest: CBS has ordered a pilot for a series based on the 2001 film “Training Day“. But wait! If that wasn’t already spit-worthy, there’s also the synopsis for the plot – there’s a TWIST, see: “an idealistic young African-American police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective.” See? They turned it around – so it’s still the same story, only different. The pilot will be directed by the director of the original film Antoine Fuqua(who will also produce), though – so it’ll look good at least.

 

That is all.

Although…I think this also has some spitworthiness:

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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.

  • George Miller is chosen to head the Cannes Film Festival Jury. I read that at the beginning of this sentence.

  • I_am_better

    Ah, good for him.

  • Stalkeye

    Scarlett Johansen as Major Kusanagi?? Booo! WTF is wrong with hiring a Japanese actress for the role? Its almost as bad as a Black Guy being cast as GI Joe’s Ripcord..

    Oh, wait..!

    http://jaypeeonline.net/images/gijoe-ripcord.jpg

  • KilliK

    they really loved his borefest, didnt they?

  • Stalkeye

    [email protected] Day series. WTF
    https://s.mlkshk.com/r/VX53

  • Stalkeye

    The Miles Davis Biopic might be Don’s Breakthrough film!
    Too bad he won’t be in anymore marvel films according to that Civil War trailer. /:

  • I_am_better

    Well, I think the worst problem was that they cast Marlon Wayans….

  • Stalkeye

    Agreed 100% and then some! His Stephen Fetchit buffoonery made Ripcord my least favorite Movie character since Jar Jar Binks.
    He was only good for the first Scary movie film, Don’t be a menace, Requiem for a Dream and of course, In Living Color. Other than that, he’s a self parody.

  • Stalkeye

    I’m starting to like BvS less and less after seeing that trailer with Jesse Einberg.
    Shit, they might as well recast Jim Carrey since Jesse has been channeling him.

  • Stalkeye

    A White corrupt Cop? How “original”! Sorry, but if you’re gonna do a series with that “twist’, you might as well base it on the exceptional Dark Blue. Russel was amazing in that under appreciated Movie! This Training Day series comes off a bit too PC.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    It’s all about the white guys, Stalks.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Every time I see that damn running from the slo ow ly rolling spaceship scene….

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Thor accidentally gets stuck in normal civilian Jemaine Clement’s body or whatever. There’s my pitch. No action.

  • KilliK

    “The movie revolves around a female member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit (Scarlett Johansson).”

    wow, really? really?! and she is named Motoko Kusanagi too? jesus h christ, when you thought Cumberbatch as Khan was already a retarded casting, HW manages to surprise you again.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    It’s all about the white folks, K.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Scarlet has one facial expression: her ass has more emotional range. And you see it more.

  • KilliK

    yeah, but at least try to re-imagine the source material for the western audience instead of keeping the asian aspect and whitewash the protagonist. this is offensive and ridiculous but ofc the SWJ crowd will completely ignore this and instead will praise ScarJo tough as nails heroine.

  • KilliK

    ScarJo in Winter Soldier was at her hottest. long, straight, red hair, nuff said. and Cap was oblivious to her moves, couldnt keep his mind away from Bucky. so, yeah, Cap is a f..

  • Stalkeye

    It’s an opportunistic move based on the recent News of corrupt or gun crazed Cops.
    Yup, I see right through this Shit. Who asked for a TD series? Denzel’s performance was more than enough.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    completely agree.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    I don’t think his wiener is thawed yet.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Just how Ed Crane likes ’em.

  • KilliK

    So, who bets we ll have a reverse of the above scene with Thor sneak-punching Hulk in the movie?

  • Dee

    Dark Blue is really overlooked.

  • Stalkeye

    I would go as far as place it within my top ten favorite films of the early 2000s.

  • Dee

    Dave Bautista as an example of good acting….

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Ragnarok: The ancient Norse prophecy that one day Robert Downey Jr, would be too expensive to make any more Iron Man films.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    I think Scarjo’s ass is more fun to watch.

  • Dee

    Maybe there is a backstory how she was raised in Japan by Japanese foster parents or something and how she had a hard time to fit in their culture, because that has never been done before and isn’t inherently racist at all.

  • Im as dumbfounded as you are on this . Nominated for Best movie, and best director….. I just don´t get it.

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  • Dee

    They will make another IM standalone movie in 10 years, when the Marvel hype has waned a little and then claim it to be a “back to the roots” movie.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    How can it be anything else?

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Jemaine Clement is on set directing a whitewashed epic Japanese movie when Thor accidentally switches consciousnesses with him.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    He hits his thumb with a tack hammer while hanging a picture.

  • Dee

    He plays Yojimbo.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Ass in seat.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Tom Cruise shows up to lead the Army to victory

  • Dee

    you upvoted yourself!

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Freaky Thorsday

  • Tim R.R. Something

    They should just pay him, but then the scripts have gone steadily downhill so maybe it’s all for the best.

  • Magnificent Breadford

  • Dee

    I like IM3 the best…

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Thor Ragnarok ends with him waking up in the Ghostbusters remake.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    “We don’t need no stinkin’ scripts!”

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Quiet you.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    I upvote to see who’s upvoting. I had no idea you could see it too

  • Tim R.R. Something

    I wonder what country we’ll be fighting in by then? North Korea? Iran? The Falklands?

  • In other news, the wife has agreed to re-watch Twin Peaks with me prior to watching the new series. I convinced her by telling her it’s a cross between The Killing and The X-Files. Hehehe.

  • Dee

    You can get blind doing this.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    Austria

  • Dee

    We have an Arnie.

  • Magnificent Breadford

    You’ve been a mess since Oskar Werner pissed off Truffaut.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    I hate remakes

  • Tim R.R. Something

    (upvotes to maintain illusion that I understand that reference)

  • Magnificent Breadford

    I sort of recommend that Truffaut Fahreheit 451. It’s not good exactly but it’s something.

  • CoolHandJuke

    Naomi Watts needs another hot lesbo scene…

  • franks_television

    Twin Peaks retrospective podcast?

  • franks_television

    You have to un-upvote afterwards.

  • franks_television

    Funny songs?

  • franks_television

    Did you know that’s what “Thursday” means?

  • Tim R.R. Something
  • I_am_better

    I think Puck’s free time is pretty thin in a few months…

  • I_am_better

    I think he’s become pretty decent. For a wrestler.

  • I_am_better

    Well, DiCaprio tried to lobby an “Akira” movie – starring himself – for a long time

  • Sagamanus

    True. Dee will not give him a chance. He’s a bit more lively toward the end of Guardians and seemed comfortable in his own skin. I think he’ll get better.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I don’t like this…reactive film-making that happens in Hollywood. I find it to be stagnant and ultimately counterproductive.

    People really like Loki!!!

    People really liked Yondu!!!

    So now the character has to be involved in every story-line from now until the end of time.

    Move…forward.

    it’s okay for a protagonist to have more than one antagonist. And when you finally do introduce a new antagonist you don’t have to have the old antagonist stick their head back in the door and basically say “remember me!?” like some cheesy sitcom. Or even worse…have the old antagonist and the protagonist “buddy up” to take on the new antagonist…Jesus wept.

    And lastly….It’s perfectly within the realm of the believable for two people to clash or be at odds even if they have not grown up with one another,
    or be related to one another.

    Sometimes…being a bad guy is enough to get the good guy interested….he doesn’t have to actually kill anyone in the good guys family. Stop making everything so damn incestuous Hollywood…and with that..

    Happy Friday!

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  • I_am_better

    What’s your take on this “announcing release dates for movies not even in production 5+ years in advance”-thing that’s a trend nowadays?

  • Kylo Ronin

    Bullshit, he’s pretty good playing the heavy.

  • Kylo Ronin

    So moar Yondu, btw. And moar Loki.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I’m not a fan of the whole ‘franchise’ concept much less the fad of listing the upcoming concert dates.

    The best stories are organic and should flow from someone actually having something to say.

    When I hear franchise or release schedules I always picture some lonely podium in the middle of a dusty town where a guy is paid to show up every Tuesday at 10 am to say something witty……………….regardless of whether or not he actually has anything witty to say.

  • Sagamanus

    Woah woah Tim hold on there. You’re not on the Moon yet!

  • Sagamanus

    I like Loki but the writers are not diversifying his lines. I think in fact a lot of it is filler. They better change that up before Hiddler gets tired of it first.

  • Hmmmmm…maybe, would only need a few recordings.

  • Very true. We’ll probably wait until the summer to watch it anyway, hopefully the new kids will sleep as well as the other one.

  • Tarmac492.1

    watch out for those morally ambiguous caucasions.

  • Stalkeye

    Same with Sam Worthingless and Kevin Coster before him.
    Just different indigenous peoples of course.

  • Stalkeye

    WUT?!?