Spinning Headlines: China dislikes Ghosts, McTiernan dislikes Cap, we all dislike James Franco … and the gunslinger followed Spinning Headlines: China dislikes Ghosts, McTiernan dislikes Cap, we all dislike James Franco … and the gunslinger followed
New Ghostbusters still making press, Universal Monsters return, Thrawn returns to the Star Wars universe, Rogue One BTS- reel and more. Spinning Headlines: China dislikes Ghosts, McTiernan dislikes Cap, we all dislike James Franco … and the gunslinger followed

While IAB is still on vacation, guest author Dee presents you the most important entertainment and movie news of the week.

It’s been an awful week in terms of “real world” news, so here is some movie and entertainment- bullshit we can have fun complaining about. You earned it!

That’s what prison does to your brain, kids

Once-upon-a-time-legendary director John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator) is back With A Vengeance, talking shit on superhero movies and other blockbusters in an interview with the French magazine “Premiere”. Sounds good, right?

Sadly it’s not really a sharp rant but rather resembles the jabbering of an old, confused and bitter man who is out of touch. Here is what he has to say about comic book adaptations:

“All they’re making are comic book adaptations. There’s action but no human beings, they’re films made by fascists. They’re making all the kids in the world think that they’ll never be important enough to have a film made about their life. And it’s a unique moment in the history of cinema, it didn’t used to be like this. A kid used to be able to learn how a man or a woman should act by watching films. Morals. Comics make heroes for businesses”.

…and the Captain America movies in particular:

“Captain America, I’m not joking… The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things to have happened to the world during the last 50 years. Hundreds of thousands of people have died because of this idiotic delusion. So how is it possible to watch a film called Captain America?!”

Well, one could argue Marvel movies actually could need some of that “hyper-masculinity”he’s blathering about, but taking McTiernan’s statement at face value I seriously wonder who, among other directors, kicked that trend off.

Source: Collider

China is afraid of no ghosts

The poor Ghostbusters reboot gets no break. Following a heinous smear campaign of supposed Trump supporters, resulting in the most-disliked trailer in YT- history and rather middling BO- prospects (considering the $144 million budget), there is now a new rumour circulating that the movie might be banned in the People’s Republic of China aka The Promised Land of BO-Miracles.

China has a history of banning movies that feature ghosts and spectres – most recently Del Toro’s Crimson Peak fell victim to that odd clause – and now Paul Feig’s requel could be denied that precious Yuan Hollywood is increasingly relying on, despite cleverly changing the name of the franchise from “Ghost Catcher Dare Die Team” to “Super Power Dare Die Team”. Has adding all those culturally non-specific, universally understandable genitalia- and body-function- slapstick jokes been for nothing?*

*Maybe those are owed to Feig’s sense of “humour” though.

The “no ghosts”- policy has been applied rather sporadically and inconsistently over the years, with no satsifying explanation given by the censors (duh). The reason for this guideline might have nothing to do with the secular principles of the regime as often assumed, but could have been implemented due to the use of ghost stories as covert political criticism in the past.

On the other hand, in times when the rationale is to entertain an oversized marketing-machinery as a means to sustain an oversized movie-making industry, even exceptional Chinese BO-receipts seemingly stopped being a guarantee for at least a minimal profit, as could be witnessed using the sad example of this year’s Warcraft, which might not break even despite making $430.1 million globally ($220.8 million in China).

Source: THR

Well, as long as Chinese Ghost Story (1987) is not getting banned in the Western hemisphere as retaliation…

Begun, the plundering has

Remember when Disney bought Lucasfilm and pushed the mediocre-to-awful “Star Wars Expanded Universe” out of the airlock to make “tabula rasa” just to replace it with their own mediocre-to-awful expanded canon? (Read the comic that explains how C3PO got his red arm, y’all!)

All the new hopes of getting the chance to see EU-elements making another appearance have been mercilessly crushed.. but never tell me the odds as they say and to the delight of all EU-fans (yes, they exist), the cherry-picking has started! Cuz’ Disney wants to have the cake and eat it!

Sadly it’s not the legendary Sun Crusher that is set to return, but the legendary villain “Grand Admiral Thrawn” from Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire– book trilogy that will grace the screen in the third season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Thrawn is characterized by two attributes: 1. he is a brilliant tactician and 2. he is blue.

Why not? My advice to Disney: Just be careful when re-introducing EU-leftovers….(too soon?).

Source: Movieweb

da ba dee da ba die…

I’m a middle-aged Frankenstein

Universal is still sticking to their plan to utilize their “Universal Monsters”- back catalogue for the creation of a “Cinematic Universe”, consisting of an A-list-star-studded series of Horror/Fantasy action movies, as that formula proved to be a winner considering the mega-success stories of Van Helsing, Dracula Untold and just recently, Victor Frankenstein…right?

The facts that Dracula Untold might not, as originally announced, be part of the canon after all and that the non- fan favourite and pop culture criminal Alex Kurtzman is directing the upcoming Mummy instalment (starring Sofia Boutella) are not instilling hope either. All the fans who are still claiming the WB/DCEU- masterplan is a failure might reconsider their opinion when looking at this trainwreck in the making.

….MILF?

 

Nonetheless, Universal obviously likes to burn money spares no expense and is attempting to hire master thespian Javier Bardem to play Frankenstein. Reports are contradictory though, it’s not clear if he is set to play the Doctor or actually his monster. All we know is that his character might not be the only one in need of a brain in this whole affair.

Source: Variety

You can see how they got the idea though….

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Official Featurette, no new trailer yet

Best moment: 2:07

Now You Hear Me…Talking Chinese!

“Last Hope Chinese Box Office”, pt. 2: Lionsgate and the Chinese film company Leomus Pictures are planning to produce a Chinese-language spinoff of the successful 2013 “Stage magician heist” movie Now You See Me.

Jie Qiu, CEO of Leomus Pictures states:

“[…] And a Hollywood writer will be involved to make sure the spinoff is aligned with the Now You See Me franchise and has the same level of quality.”

Guess they did not want to set the bar too high for their first collaboration….But what we want to know is, who is fit to emulate the shrill Eurotrash-charm of Louis Leterrier’s direction?

This is a highly interesting development that, if successful, might open up brand new options for revenue. Philosophically speaking the question remains if this means a progressing Sinicization of the US- film market or rather a progressing, subtle Americanization of the Chinese audience’s (movie) tastes? Hopefully, in case it’s latter it is not interfering with Jim’s and Arnie’s plans to keep the Chinese from eating meat!

Source: THR

“Like this…but Chinese!” (original pitch for the project)

…and the Gunslinger followed

More news from the upcoming, long-awaited Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, which is currently filming. The Dark Tower is a complex dark Fantasy epic telling the tale of gunslinger Roland (Idris Elba) who is crossing the desert of the alternate dimension called Mid-World to pursue the “Man in Black” (Matthew McConaughey).

Entertainment Weekly confirms what has been rumoured for some time, namely that the movie will be a direct adaptation of the saga – which might be impossible, as it is spanning over eight books- but a kind of hybrid between sequel and “remix” that rearranges story elements from all chapters into a new narrative.
Time will tell if this proves to be a brilliant storytelling tweak or rather a lame mix of key moments cobbled together for the fans and clunky, supposedly audience-pleasing new elements.

Anywho, here are some new promo/set photos.

I know it’s too early to judge and promotional material is often notoriously not accurately representing how things look in the finished movie, but this is a little underwhelming so far. Elba’s generic steampunk-costume doesn’t exactly rock my world (and where is the hat???), nor does McConaughey’s goth party. The weirdness and surrealism King’s opus magnum opus is exuding, is still missing here. I also hope the final film does not look as bland, clean and polished so it’s easier to visually align it with the look of a potentially planned TV-series, as Marvel is practising it with its MCU.

Sources: EW, via Movieweb

SPIT TAKE OF THE WEEK

New Predator movie rumoured to cast James Franco as lead….

“The Wrap” reporter Jeff Sneider claimed on twitter the talent (??) agency CAA is pushing for James Franco being cast as the lead character in the upcoming Predator– reboot.

Okay, there is a good chance that this rumour is 100% bullshit.

On the other hand, it’s so awful it could be true – you know how that works. In that case, all I have to say is:

I have honestly not been pumped for the Predator reboot until Shane Black, who is currently going through a deserved renaissance, came on board to write (with Fred Dekker!) and direct it.
Should this announcement turn out as true, my interest is down to 0% again. For starters, I did not hate Franco in the beginning, but boy, over the course of the years he really put some effort into making me loathe his pretentious, wannabe-artist persona and his unfunny friends.

“What the hell are you?”

Franco makes the already miscast Adrien Brody from the dull Predators (2010) look like a sexual tyrannosaurus, you could say he is to Brody what Brody is to Arnie. I guess the casting director took McTiernan’s complaints (*the circle is complete) to his heart!

Unless Franco is cast as the Predator himself….that would be appropriate!

 

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Detective Dee reviews movies and sometimes TV-series. He likes to indulge in the Asian cinema, exploitation flicks and the horror genre but is no stranger to Blockbuster culture either. He writes whatever he wants, but always aims to entertain.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Wow…McTiernan has lost it. Has he even seen any of the Captain America films, or is he still laboring under the impression that the character is a propaganda figure as he was in the Golden Age comics?

    For a guy who’s movies were very squarely located in the “hyper-masculine” action genre (and let’s not forget some of the ones he was attached to, like Sgt. Rock, either), his comments are hypocritical in the extreme. I think he’s just trying to make some noise as he’s been out of the game so long, but it’s disappointing to hear these remarks. If that’s the way he feels, he should just hang it up permanently.

  • Captain Genius

    i fucking hated the first dark tower novel. but i can’t help thinking this would be a better movie if the lead rolls were reversed. i don’t think alright alright alright has the presence to pull off the walkin dude. elba does in fucking spades.

  • thrawn looks terrible. shot from all the wrong angles. voice not intimidating enough. I mean what did you expect, but still

  • btw dee i’ve never known the character to be referred to as General. in my experience its always been “grand admiral.” i assumed this to be a title which was developed in the wake of the emperor and vader’s deaths that essentially elevates him from an admiral to supreme command of the empire, which would mean that before he was grand admiral he was just admiral, but i cant confrim that part. pretty sure he was never general tho.

  • i havent seen civil war yet so i cant back up mctiernan’s hate, but IMO the big detrimental change in superhero movies, the one that made me stop giving a shit, was the overreaching loss of the secret identity concept, which essentially turned all the heroes into government employees/soldiers. That makes them boring and pro-establishment and yeah, basically fascist icons. idk if mcteirnan is the one who should be complaining about that tho, given his filmography.

  • Kyle Fulton

    One of the first lines of the novel is, “His hat was gone.” Roland doesn’t get a hat again for the vast majority of the series.

  • Captain Genius

    captain america has never been pro establishment. but i do also hate that all the heroes are basically government employees now.

  • Captain Genius

    too hot to handle too cold to hold they’re called the Ghost Catcher Dare Die Team and they’re in control…… it just doesn’t roll off the tongue.

  • Dee-abolik

    damn. I take that back then

  • Dee-abolik

    oops, brainfart

  • Dee-abolik

    well, tiernan paints with very broad strokes there. wish he would have specified his criticisms, but this is a little superficial. it sounds as if he had not seen the movies at all

  • Dee-abolik

    I bet it’s sounds better in Mandarin.

  • I_am_better

    Well done, detective.
    How does one say “now you see me” on chinese?

  • KilliK

    so, no Warcraft sequel. god damn you, Americans. :((

  • Dee-abolik

    现在你看我

  • I_am_better

    現在你沒有

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    The MCU movies have never had a “secret identity concept”. Maybe you’re talking about the comics.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “all the heroes are basically government employees now.”

    Only half of them, and certainly not Cap, who remains a rogue agent.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    They’re mixing and matching all the volumes, so I don’t see why Roland shouldn’t have a hat. He didn’t have the Horn of Eld in the first novel, either, and he does here.

  • Kyle Fulton

    I’m just saying.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Fair enough.

  • Dee-abolik

    Maybe a cheap DTV-sequel will follow…

  • KilliK

    i prefer no sequel than a DTV garbage.

  • Dee-abolik

    yeah I wish they would have never made Silent Hill 2 (the movie)

  • Toruk_Makto

    We’re reaching that end of the summer…bummer phase. Only thing left to look forward to is Suicide Squad. Better not suck.

  • Dee-abolik

    same thoughts here

  • Dee-abolik

    where’s wolf pup?

  • Toruk_Makto

    Critics didn’t like it but the online geeks seem to think it was okay. Which means more in the long run so fuck em.

    7.4 at imdb
    78% for general audience at rotten tomatoes
    I also discovered first-hand when going to the theatre that the fan-base for WOW is pretty fucking rabid (tried to indoctrinate me) so that’s a bonus.
    I think rental/DVD sales will be good.

    I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Warcraft.

  • KilliK

    I hope you are right, mate.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Yeah…at least I still have Netflix. Speaking of…time to check out this Stranger Things series…

  • Dee-abolik

    saw the first 4 eps already, pretty good

  • Bop

    James Franco has such a punchable face coupled with a pretentiousness that invites even more punches.

  • Kyle Fulton

    Basically the entire purpose of these movies is that it’s terrible to work for the US and you shouldn’t do it. Even the people who side with the government in Civil War wish they hadn’t, and Cap has never once actually listened to any governing body. He represents literally the exact opposite of the current American climate. This director has abso fucking lutely not seen a single Cap movie.

  • Kyle Fulton

    Dude, what movies were you watching?

  • Bop

    Dee. Did you see Hardcore Henry?

  • the job of film adaptations is to bring out what is great about the source material and to downplay what is bad about it. I’m talking about the properties in general. The fact that they have deemed secret identities “the bad part,” when it is the main thing that appeals to me about superheroes to begin with insults me and I’ve run out of patience regarding their dismissal of the concept. I’m talking about both.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Marvel Studios never deemed it a “bad” anything. The lack of secret identities has simply never been raised until recently due to the manner in which the MCU has been constructed. Spider-Man is the first character they’ve introduced that the concept would apply to in any important way, and there will certainly be other characters who fit the bill in future.

    Iron Man gave away his identity early, and his identity in the comics has been known to the public and other heroes for some time, also; Thor doesn’t really have a need of a secret identity, and the rather superfluous Donald Blake alter-ego was stripped away for the movie incarnation in order to simplify the character; Cap, by his nature, has always been a public figure. Daredevil and the Defenders have secret identities but are, of course, confined to Netflix for the time being.

    I’m not sure what you’re getting so worked up about here. Although certainly more prevalent in the source material than the movies, secret identities were always more of a DC/Golden Age superhero concept than one common to Marvel – with the obvious exception of Spidey. Hell, the Silver Age F4 exploded that trope right off the bat by parading themselves as celebrities.

  • oh hell yea

  • Stalkeye

    John McTiernan should just shut the fuck up and go about his life. Yes, he had great films with Predator and Die hard, but that ship has sailed on a long time ago.
    No one was killed in a war because they were deluded from captain america, actually many soldiers died because they were squandered in a bullshit war especially the one started by George W.Bush. What an Asshole.

  • Stalkeye

    Is it any gud?

  • Stalkeye

    Kinda like the douchebag who writes those Cairo Detective novels. amirite?

  • Stalkeye

    That’s exactly what I’ll be saying once Trump gets into office.

  • Stalkeye

    Great work Dee, it’s as if IAB was behind this news piece.
    Looking at Idris in a leather coat reminds me how I always thought of him being the perfect fill in for snipes had there been a Blade reboot. Speaking of elba, i need to know if there actually is a final season of Luther.

  • Stalkeye

    Like the first one but damn I could not finish the second which was total garbage.

  • Dee-abolik

    exactomundo

  • Dee-abolik

    Thank you! Yeah he’d be a good Blade.

  • Dee-abolik

    not yet

  • Bop

    Working on a review, bro.

  • Bop

    Ah, the Calorie Detective.

  • Stalkeye

    LMAO brilliant, Brotha!

  • Stalkeye

    Can’t wait to read it!
    BTW both Power and Ray Donovan’s new seasons have premiered. I need to checkout Power before people give away all the spoilers!!

  • Bop

    I recently saw a few glimpses of the first Predator. It is still a fucking cool movie.

  • Bop

    Yeah, Suicide Squad better not suck. It is already bad that Deadshot was severely miscast and I am sure Smith won’t be able to channel Deadshot.
    As for Robbie? I am sure we will see a Harley Quinn movie afterwards and that is not a bad thing.

  • Bop

    Just submitted for review.

    Thanks for the heads up on Power. Although I was disappointed by last season’s cop out I am gonna give it another chance.

    As for Ray Donovan. I am on it. They’d better make this whole season about the Armenians, because it didn’t start very well if you ask me.

  • Bop

    You think he will?

  • Bop

    Any idea when this no ghosts policy started? I mean even Stephen Chow made a movie about ghosts called Out Of The Dark.

  • Stalkeye

    Bro, there is a lot of hyperbole for this douche and he’s also playing on the fears of many ‘muricans especially after the recent shootings that have occurred from the past 2 months.
    All I can do is vote for Hillary and see what develops. Didja see his wife’s “original” speech? LMMFAO

  • Stalkeye

    That’s why I own the Blu-ray. (0=

  • Dee-abolik

    Hong Kong movies are a different story.

  • SullyOar

    Oh ffs. The untapped mythology behind who Charles Dance was and where he came from historically, and in relation to appearing to be head of some great Order of The Dragon or Illuminati Organisation by the end of that movie was one of the things I was actually looking forward to from the sounds of anything this cinematic universe might be attempting to do. I guess I can kiss goodbye to that now.

  • SullyOar

    Van Helsing? The one where Dracula lays eggs and they turn into his groomlings to do his biddings and some of his future sex Kittens?

  • Zed

    I believe it was his sex kittens that laid the eggs, but they were never quite clear on that.

  • Bop

    Because Hong Kong used to be part of the UK?

  • Bop

    Must be glorious in Blu Ray.

  • Bop

    I don’t follow politics. I only pick up stuff sometimes, unvoluntarily I might add.

  • Stalkeye

    Like aliens, there’s some film grain but overall the resolution is good. Besides it only cost me $10.00 so i can’t complain. (;’

  • Stalkeye

    “For a guy who’s movies were very squarely located in the “hyper-masculine” action genre (and let’s not forget some of the ones he was attached to, like Sgt. Rock, either), his comments are hypocritical in the extreme.”

    That’s what i didnt get WTF he was saying. Is he that erratic, or Jelly?

  • SullyOar

    Either way, it seems they were pretty much DOA, and probably not all that grateful.

  • Dee-abolik

    yeah

  • Dee-abolik

    Wasn’t he supposed to be Caligula?

  • Dee-abolik

    me too!

  • Stalkeye

    So I keep hearing nothing but great things about it.

  • Stalkeye

    LOL

  • Dee-abolik

    Finished it yesterday and it’s worth your time!

  • Stalkeye

    I’ll take your word on it! But foist, I need to catch up with Ray Donovan and Power. Plus i found the last episodes of Luther. Too bad I can’t watch Netflix on the go because my cell data plan sucks balls!! GRRRRRR!!

  • SullyOar

    Well there is also an Italian Exploitation film called: Emperor Caligula, the Untold Story.

    Perhaps he buddies up with a ressurected Rasputin later on until the latter tells him frankly he was only just ever in it for the sex magic and the royal pussy and the good times, and they have a nasty fall out that makes him bury himself back into his illuminati-bloodlines work just prior to the closing credits.

  • SullyOar

    I haven’t watched Civil War, but I’m guessing (hoping) Tony Starks approach and symbol as a hero defined in the Marvel Universe is different or more understandable to how it went down in the comics. Especially after Iron Man 3.

  • Stalkeye

    LMMFAO@”Pop culture criminal Alex Kurtzman”.

  • Dee-abolik

    Let’s be real, they’d never make such an awesome movie nowadays.