Spinning Headlines – Week 8: Tony Burton RIP, Alien Covenant, Penny Dreadful S3, Captain Nemo, The Mist TV, Taboo, Daredevil S2… Spinning Headlines – Week 8: Tony Burton RIP, Alien Covenant, Penny Dreadful S3, Captain Nemo, The Mist TV, Taboo, Daredevil S2…
Tony Burton RIP, more "Alien: Covenant" casting, another "Penny Dreadful" Season 3 trailer, two Captain Nemo films underway, "The Mist" TV-pilot ordered, "Taboo"-miniseries trailer,... Spinning Headlines – Week 8: Tony Burton RIP, Alien Covenant, Penny Dreadful S3, Captain Nemo, The Mist TV, Taboo, Daredevil S2…

Fridays, everyone.

Before anything else, lets have a moment of silence for Actor and former boxer Tony Burton, who played Tony “Duke” Evers, Apollo Creed’s (and later on Rocky’s) coach on the “Rocky” films. Burton passed away on Thursday, at the age of 78. Outside of the “Rocky”-franchise, Burton also appeared in “The Shining,” “Stir Crazy,” “The Toy”, Assault on Precinct 13” and even Steven Spielberg’s “Hook“.

Rest in peace, sir.

For other daily news, check out the Supernaughts “News”-section. This week – a tad slow by the way of news and otherwise – we got things like the “Pacific Rim“-sequel getting a new director in the helm and “Thomas Crown Affair” being remade a second time.

 

“ALIEN: COVENANT” NEARS SHOOTING, ADDS CAST

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Okay, so I gotta say that Ridley Scott’s follow-up to “Prometheus” is definitely gathering up an eclectic mix of characters – and very FRESH faces, too. Before this week, the cast consisted of Michael Fassbender (reprising his part as David the android from “Prometheus”), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight) and Danny McBride.

Now Jussie Smollet (Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), and Callie Hernandez (La La Land) have been added to that list – and actor Billy Crydup is apparently in advanced negotiations to be in the movie as well, in what’s described as a “key part”. Let’s just hope it does not involve a ton of old age-makeup as a 200-year old Steve Yutani. (“DON’T GIVE ‘EM IDEAS, IAB!!!!” yells the crowd)

 

“PENNY DREADFUL” SEASON 3 GETS ANOTHER TRAILER

…and it promises very dark things. Holy shit. “Penny Dreadful” Season 3 debuts Sunday, May 1st on Showtime.

 

IT’S MANGOLD VS. SINGER IN THE DUELLING “LEAGUES”

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It’s not an uncommon phenomenon for studios to develop similar projects at the same time. We’ve had volcano movies, asteroid movies, animated ant movies, “Die Hard“‘s in the White House and so on. And there’s like 300 “Jungle Book“-adaptations on the way right now. So it should really be no surprise that there are two movie adaptations of Jules Verne’s “20 000 Leagues Under the Sea” in the horizon. Bryan Singer is working on his own for 20th Cenury Fox, as was reported way back in the end of last year. That film is set to start filming this fall.

Now, Disney has finally figured out it’s own version – after the previous director David Fincher left the project because of budgetary disputes among other things. The new director to steer this boat? James Mangold – the director of “3.10 to Yuma”, “Walk the Line” and “The Wolverine“. The project is now called “Captain Nemo” and it’s described as an “origin story based on ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'”, and it’s currently in the script stage – with Sebastian Gutierrez (“Hotel Noir” and “The Eye”) as the latest screenwriter.

 

SPIKE TV ORDERS “THE MIST”

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Yup, you read that right; Spike TV has ordered a pilot for a TV-series based on Stephen King’s “The Mist” from Dimension Television(which was reported back in last September to be looking into making a television-adaptation of the property). “The Mist” is written and executive produced by Christian Torpe, creator of Danish drama-series “Rita”.

Does the storyline of “The Mist” really have legs as a series? Thoughts?

 

MINECRAFT MOVIE DETAILS

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I will say it: I have never played Minecraft – nor have I even seen it played. I guess it’s a worldwide phenomenon or something, but one that’s totally alien to me… Anyways – producer Roy Lee gave some details about the state of the project (written and directed by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Rob McElhnney) at DICE 2016. First off, the company that developed the game – Mojang – has not been excluded of the development. As Lee says: “The company, Mojang, is very involved in the development. So they know everything is going to be in the movie that can give us insight into future updates so we can put things into the movie around the same time they relaunch newer versions of the game and at the same time, potentially taking ideas from the movie and putting them into the game. So I don’t know exactly what things are going into the game, but they know exactly what’s going into the movie.”

The movie is said to go for “the same target audience asJurassic World’” (oh gee – I would never have guessed that). As far as the plot goes, Lee had this logline to give: “Minecraft would be part of a multiverse where humans can enter that has the feel of what the live action version of a Minecraft experience.

So there’s that.

 

MORE “CLOVERFIELD” ON THE WAY?

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Just after we foud out that a “Cloverfield” spin-off/sequel, “10 Cloverfield Lane“, was developed and filmed in just as much secrecy as the first film was, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams decided to open the lid on the Mystery Box for a little bit, and told Entertainment Weekly that there are ideas for a third film.

I think [categorizing them] would be presumptuous, because we’re talking about this movie and comparing it to Cloverfield, but I would be lying if I didn’t say there was something else that, if we’re lucky enough to do it, could be really cool that connects some stories,” Abrams said. “This is just this movie, and it’s only two films that we’re talking about right now. There is something else that we’d like to do, and hopefully we’ll get a shot.

And that’s as clear an answer you’re ever gonna get, I bet.

 

“TABOO” – A HARDY & SON TALE FROM FX

Well this is interesting, and sort of came out from nowhere; FX released the first trailer of a miniseries called “Taboo“, starring Tom Hardy. what’s more interesting is that this is the first production of Hardy’s production company Hardy Son & Baker, co-founded by Tom Hardy and Dean Baker. What’s EVEN more intersting is that the miniseries is based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy(who is also the show’s consulting producer). Here’s the official FX’s press release of the show:

“Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

Taboo is based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy who is also the show’s consulting producer.

Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker are producing for FX and BBC One with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the UK. Executive producers are Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker, and Steven Knight, with Timothy Bricknell producing. Taboo is directed by Kristoffer Nyholm and reunites Hardy and Knight for their third collaboration following Locke and Peaky Blinders.

In addition to his work in The Revenant, Tom Hardy most recently played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Mad Max: Fury Road.  Ridley Scott’s The Martian is currently nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.”

 

TRAILER FOR “KILL YOUR FRIENDS”

No – it’s not a trailer for the “Friends“-reunion, no matter how much you wanted it to be. It’s an upcoming dark comedy starring Nicholas Hoult. And it looks pretty disturbing. In a good way.

 

HBO’S GOT SOME MORE ISSUES

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Just a couple of news this week, further giving an idea that outside of “Game of Thrones“, HBO might be in a bit of a creative slump. First off, the “small pause in production to catch up with the scripting” of “Westworld” might cause a massive delay on the show. The show which was originally supposed to start airing last year, is now told to be pushed way up till 2017.

Besides that it’s reported that the production of “Codes of Conduct“, a six-episode series the network ordered from “12 Years a Slave” director/producer Steve McQueen was shut down. The series was said to be “an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems.” It was set to star newcomer Devon Terrell along with Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rebecca Hall.

Add these two events to the much-publicised cancelings of two David Fincher-developed projects, as well as 6-part miniseries about Lewis and Clark being halted, as well as the low ratings of the Mick Jagger/Martin Scorsese creation “Vinyl“, one might ask: is HBO having a bit of a creative crisis?

 

“DAREDEVIL” SEASON 2 APPROACHING…

…and there’s the latest trailer to get your kicks from. Available on Netflix, starting March 18th.

 

AN R-RATED “BATMAN V. SUPERMAN” COMING ON HOME VIDEO?

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That certainly seems to be the case. Director Zack Snyder is certainly no stranger to releasing alternate versions of his films on DVD and Blu-Ray; there are alternate(and in some cases, better) cuts of “Dawn of the Dead”, “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch” out there. And now it looks to be the case with the upcoming superhero mash-up as well, as a document seen at filmrating.com proves. Warner Home Video will release the alternate cut, entitled “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition”, with an R rating “for sequences of violence”.

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

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Well, Alex Proyas’ “Gods of Egypt” certainly has the WTF-scale way up there. Behold a scene of some extraordinary hamming from this fantasy/scifi/action/whatever, that opens…NOW.

 

That is all.

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  • Vinyl doing bad is sad stuff. Shame if it gets the ax.

  • I_am_better

    At least it’s actually getting aired. I don’t know what the hell is going on in there, but some sort of a creative shake-up

  • Foster Breadford

    Captain Nemo origin story.

  • Foster Breadford

    Yeesh.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    The Life Aquatic.

  • Foster Breadford

    I’d say he’s more Ahab.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Mass market will cast this one as some sort of eco activist with great abs. Probably doomed love interest that sets him on course and some other clichés.

  • Foster Breadford

    Hacker lesbian captain

  • I_am_better

    “eco activist with great abs….”
    LMMFAO

  • Foster Breadford

    That’s more or less what Ron Howard just did.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Still better than Aquaman.

  • Foster Breadford

    In the Heart of the Sea tries to be anti-whaling and pro-animals but then ends on a hopeful note that apparently in the future we’ll get oil from the ground instead.

  • Foster Breadford

    Such a mess of a movie on all levels.

  • Foster Breadford

    Ron Howard deserves champagne tossed into his face at a fancy party.

  • Foster Breadford

    An eco-friendly retelling of Moby Dick that places unironic trust in current the oil industry.

  • I_am_better

    “Let’s kill the ground!”

  • Foster Breadford

    Haha I guess that’s basically There Will Be Blood. HW is Ishmael. Paul Dano is the whale.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Petroleum was the nuclear power of the 19th century.

  • I_am_better

    Even Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Moby Dick at heart

  • Foster Breadford

    I really enjoy how The Life Aquatic takes the same concept but Zissou finally faces the beast and decides it was nothing personal.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    its brilliant.

  • Tim R.R. Something
  • I_am_better

    Bucky is the whale

  • Foster Breadford

    We’re all whales in our own way.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    I am the walrus, you are the eggman.

  • Foster Breadford

    V.I. Lenin. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Time to move on I guess…

  • FUCK MINECRAFT

    *reads written and directed by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Rob McElhnney*

    FUCK ME

  • I’m expecting father-daughter, mother-son, sister-brother love in Taboo or it’s not worth it.

  • I_am_better

    I expect the studio note on that was “make it just like ‘The Lego Movie’…only with blocks”

  • Tim R.R. Something

    “make it just like ‘Mein Kampf…only with blocks”

  • Yeah, it’s probably just a paycheck, I doubt it’ll be anything like Always Sunny. But man, if it was, woooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Dee

    What do you think about The White Buffalo with Charles Bronson?

  • Dee

    A new mist every week!

  • CoolHandJuke

    “You know what you gotta do. Do It.” RIP Mr. Burton…

  • KilliK

    jesus h christ, what happened to Proyas?

  • Alex Proyas and Andrew Niccol need to collaborate in an attempt to salvage each other’s career.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Amy Siemetz and Carmen Ejogo should def make out.

  • Tarmac492.1

    RIP Tony Burton. 🙁

  • Tarmac492.1

    I like the thought of The Mist as a TV series. Are they gonna start with rehashing the movie first?

  • Tarmac492.1

    For me, Vinyl should be much better than it is. I will give it two more episodes than I am out. Sad, such talent involved and the production values are outstanding.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Anybody watching Billions? I thought the first episode was meh. However, it has really grown into an interesting show with some cool characters.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Perhaps HBO is losing talent to the streaming services?

  • Foster Breadford

    Haha

  • Foster Breadford

    I only watch movies with Bowie on the soundtrack.

  • Dee
  • Tarmac492.1

    The best whale movie is The Squid and the Whale. Special effects were excellent.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Taboo sounds interesting. Most things do in a five sentence soundbite.,

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Walking dead rip off, survivors running from giant bugs instead of zombies.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I am sick of zombies. Giant, creepy bugs still hold my interest.

  • Foster Breadford

    Not as Kafkaesque as The Metamorphosis.

  • Tarmac492.1

    nor as Goldsmanesque as A Beautiful Mind.

  • I_am_better

    That, or the competition is getting to them

  • I_am_better
  • Foster Breadford

    I still say Leftovers season 2 was one of the best things on TV in recent memory.

  • Tarmac492.1

    How are Triple 9’s reviews? Got blasted at Ebert. After the mediocre Lawless, John Hillcoat might be another auteur from down under who needs a creative kick in the arse.

  • I_am_better

    Tarsem, too

  • Tarmac492.1

    I will def give that a shot on your recommendation. It should help bring me down from the homemade electric shock treatments I have been giving myself.

  • Foster Breadford

    Did you watch season one? The show needs a disclaimer that season one takes a while to find its voice. Season two perfects the whole dynamic.

  • I_am_better

    “Homemade shock treatments…”? Are you watching the debates or something?

  • Tarmac492.1

    I tend to agree with your Studio Head assessment of these guys recent mediocrity. Just as you said with big studios prob not knowing what the fuck to do with indie talent.

  • I_am_better

    Sometimes I actually have a point, lol.

  • Tarmac492.1

    car battery, water and sponges placed on the temples. Fun time!! Cheaper than most whiskey in the long run.

  • Tarmac492.1

    prob like 7 episodes. I did like it but got sidetracked. Will prepare for a binge watch before spring. The themes it explores is interesting.

  • Foster Breadford

    I’d say you probably got right up to where it starts to really gel. The last 2-3 episodes of season 1 were great. Season 2 is a whole new beast, though, I think.

  • Foster Breadford
  • Tarmac492.1

    Maybe Pizzolatto stole all of HBO show ideas?

  • Toruk_Makto

    Alien Movie

    Penny Dreadful

    Really need to get back on season 2

    The Mist: TV series

    All involved kill yourselves. That goes for you bastards over there at Hulu too who I hear are already fucking up 11.22.63

    Tom Hardy

    Who the hell does Tom Hardy think he is..some kind of..um, creator guy? He creates stuff now? Heh…maybe I’ll check it mister fancy pants.

    Rated R Super-Heroes

    Oh gawd…batten down the hatches cause here they come…Thanks a Lot, Deadpool!!

    Gods of Egypt

    Saints preserve us…this is the type of movie that should have unsimulated sex in it. Cause it can’t get any worse.

    And now for a spectacular non-sequitur…
    Notepad++…is pretty fuckin’ awesome.

  • Foster Breadford

    It was his man Stan

  • Toruk_Makto

    From Dark City to…

    Furthering my theory that most folks in Hollywood don’t actually know whether or not the stuff they’re making is any good.

  • I_am_better

    Lionsgate should re-release “Punisher: War Zone” now that R rating is a hot commodity.

  • Foster Breadford
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  • Toruk_Makto

    Oh geez…was that one where he punched through someone’s face..like, literally? I’ll never forget my first reaction to that for as long as I live.

    Classic example of the wrong person stitching together ‘R rated’ and ‘Comic Book Movie’

  • Foster Breadford
  • I_am_better

    Haha. Season 2’s Bluray’s price just dropped here. I might actually get it soon.

  • I_am_better

    “Yeah, it rhymes with…”

  • Foster Breadford
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  • I_am_better

    Wait – what…?

  • Foster Breadford

    In the occasional scene where Vaughn got to do something other than recite terrible monologues, he was actually pretty good.

  • Foster Breadford

    He had couple that were way worse but I can’t find memes of them.

  • I_am_better

    That line doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to me.

  • Foster Breadford

    Haha this is the tip of the iceberg.

  • I_am_better

    I’ll wait for the next price drop

  • Foster Breadford

    The season is probably a lot better if you know what you’re getting into instead of running off the hype of season one.

  • Stalkeye

    “I got this plan, it’s called “Save Ass”” !

    Rest in Peace Mr. Burton.

  • Stalkeye

    It had its share of flaws but still much better than Jane’s lame attempt.
    A Camera disguised as a Fire Hydrant in order to make his intended target jealous? That doesn’t sound like “punisher” to me.

  • Stalkeye

    I still like it. How can you hate on Bobby C doing a Bruce Lee impression and that shit worked after he fucked up his business partners!! XD

  • Stalkeye

    Damn, and I thought you were a huge fan of DOTD. 😛
    My bad.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I am. I am mostly sick of the new zombie shit that comes out, most of it complete garbage.

  • Stalkeye

    BvS is taking a page from Daredevil Director’s cut playbook. The film had a solid R rating and was better than its theatrical PG-13 version.

  • Stalkeye

    And I blame Paul Weasel Shit Anderson for it!!!!

  • I_am_better

    True. I was surprised how well it played

  • Stalkeye

  • Toruk_Makto

    Sweet mercy, bless your heart…I couldn’t get with that movie at all.

    It reminded me of certain kids who used to come over our house and play He-man or GI Joe. The good ones knew that a person couldn’t just get from point A to point B so they would have the characters mimic walking or running as opposed to flying through the air when they have no such ability.

    Same thing with fighting. The good ones would actually use a head for a head-butt, fist for a punch, feet or knees for kicking attacks…as opposed to taking two figures and slamming them together.

    The movie reminded me of those kids who did shit like that…completely ignoring logic and physics in favor of…I’m not sure what.

    I love violence but the movie struck me as very cartoony in a not a good way.
    “The Man from Nowhere” is a very violent movie…but in a great way. My ideal Punisher movie would have action as visceral…and as logical as that…while adhering closely to the source material..of course.

  • Stalkeye

  • Stalkeye

    I so dig “The man from nowhere” to the extent of publishing a review article along with “Tears for the dead” as a double billing.
    Perhaps you should write a lil’ something here.

  • Stalkeye

    Still had that dumb playground season however.

  • Toruk_Makto

    It’s one of my top ten action flicks of all time.

    Hopefully this spring I’ll have some more free time to contribute as the year-long project my job has been on will be finished.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Mr. Burton at work

  • KilliK

    Where the hell is Asimov? Nicholas Meyer is back to Star Trek.

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/74531

    there is still hope..

  • I_am_better

    Whoa. That is excellent news

  • Tarmac492.1

    I tell you I would love to have my office life be like that. So much easier to get up for work in the am.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Yeah, fuck you, Puck, whatchu goin’ do now, bitch?!

  • Sagamanus

    Oh brother, you figure that out now?

  • Kylo Ronin

    I think I made a mistake not watching Gods of Egypt. That looks spectacularly bad. MINECRAFT FTW. I’m watching Kill Your Friends now.

  • I_am_better

    Gods of Egypt looks like “Tropes/Ripoffs – The Movie”

  • Kylo Ronin

    Or a standard sword and sandal fantasy.

  • Kylo Ronin

    But the same could be said about SW.

    Better: You wanna keep posting here?

    Fair enough. *bows head meekly*

  • I_am_better

    With spaceships.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Gotta throw some spaceships in there! Hashtag that shit! Make a mobile game that you can play during the movie!

  • I_am_better

    “We need a ‘Leonidas from 300’-type!”
    “hell, let’s just cast Leonidas!”

  • Slate_Fistcrunch

    Has he watched Star Trek II? I thought TMP was as deep as he made it.

  • Bop

    That was utterly bad, that scene. It was bad enough that I don’t find Jennifer Garner attractive at all, but that playground scene was the skunk spray on the shit.

  • Bop

    R.I.P. Tony Burton.

  • Bop

    There was another death that was said. Dee is probably the only one who knows him. R.I.P. Peter Lustig.

  • Bop

    Man From Nowhere is badass. Love that movie.

  • Bop

    Fuck Minecraft a billion times.

  • Dee

    I dig Lawless.

  • ErnestRister

    A L I E N : C O V E N A N T
    Pet the Snake Again
    Summer 2017

  • Tarmac492.1

    so mediocre