He’s back, and he’s brought some friends along with him. Or, more likely, enemies, because he’s John Wick. Feast your eyes on a bunch of new images from the upcoming John Wick Chapter 2, featuring new characters played by the likes of Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Common, and more. Even the stills look fantastic; there’s a reason this movie made our Most Anticipated Movies of 2017 list.
Over the years Disney has made their Pirates of the Caribbean villains more and more ridiculous. The films began with Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Barbossa (no doubt the best bad guy of the series), then became super CGI heavy with Billy Nighy’s tentacled Davy Jones, and seemingly went back to basics with Ian McShane’s Blackbeard, but he used voodoo, so not the most traditional of pirates. (I still have no memory of who the villain was in At World’s End, but that movie was a ridiculous mess overall.) And now for the fifth installment in the Pirates franchise nobody asked for, Disney is going back to a CG villain.
Over the weekend, USA Today dropped their 2017 movie preview featuring new photos of some of the year’s most anticipated movies. One of those was, of course, DC’s Justice League. We’ve seen some behind-the-scenes footage and some new looks at Wonder Woman, Batman, and The Flash, but now the whole gang has arrived.
Things have been fairly quiet around Duncan Jones’ Mute (sorry, I had to) for some time now. The Moon and Source Code director, also known for last summer’s Warcraft, started production on his latest film late last September, a project he intended to make his first feature before the Sam Rockwell-led space drama. Now that film is finally happening and Netflix has a first look at the lead cast and gorgeous futuristic set design.
A longtime boon to children looking to placate mothers who wish they’d read more, the Captain Underpants series of chapter books was the pinnacle of toilet humor to kids in the ’90s and early ’00s. Over 12 books and three spin-offs, author Dav Pilkey generated gaggles of giggles with the superheroic adventures of a crimefighter clad only in a red cape and tightened whiteys, who used a plunger in his unending battle against bathroom-appropriate crime. Such nefarious villains as Doctor Diaper, the Turbo Toilet 2000, and Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants (a phrase I like to imagine executives at 20th Century Fox saying out loud, usually while seated at a long conference table) all crossed paths with the minimally-clothed defender of truth, justice, and excretive freedoms.
On Thursday, 20th Century Fox showed journalists some sneak peek footage from the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. I got to see some brand new unreleased footage, hear some details from director Matt Reeves, and see the new trailer.
In psychology, there is a concept called the uncanny valley, which refers to that creepy feeling you get when you see something that looks almost just like a person’s face, but not quite. This also applies to celebrity biopics. When you watch a movie about someone you’ve seen pictures of all over the place for your entire life, and the actor playing that person looks almost just like that person, but not quite, you get the same creepy feeling. That feeling abounds in these new images from Lifetime’s Britney Spears movie, tentatively titled Britney.
Denis Villeneuve’s outstanding Arrival has wowed audiences and earned critical plaudits with its philosophical approach to sci-fi, its unusually deft look at linguistics, and its fundamental Amy Adams-ness. But plenty of attention has also been paid to the unusual design of the aliens that land on Earth and set off the events of the film, dubbed ‘heptapods’ by Adams’ character due to their seven-legged squid-like physiology, and to a lesser extent, because Adams is one hep cat. The heptapods, all silent and faceless and ash-colored, must be the most memorable aspect of this marvelous film, and yet they did not always look this way.
No Star Wars release is complete without a theatrical poster featuring a mural of disembodied faces all looking in different directions. Artist Drew Struzan made that format into a staple of the theatrical poster world, providing the Star Wars franchise with its most instantly recognizable promotional material, not to mention his fine work for the Indiana Jones and Back to the Future pictures. Those who have been following the long rollout of previews for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be the first to point out that the production has already taken on its very own face-packed poster back in October. But the people demand more, and as they demand, so shall they receive.
Remember when the first photo of Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson hit the internet and no one could believe it was actually a photo of the Breaking Bad star and not the former U.S. president? This is like that.