If you’re anything like me, it’s probably been a while since you were really excited for a Tim Burton movie. While movies like Big Eyes, Dark Shadows, and Alice in Wonderland all did either OK with critics or at the box office, Burton has made too many wonderful movies in his career for “OK” to feel like anything other than a disappointment. Thankfully, Burton seems to be back on track with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a YA adaptation that brings together the conflict of the X-Men with the sense of childish wonder that only Burton can bring to bear.
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Sometimes, when you have a surprise hit on your hands, you get a little bit of freedom to go outside the box with your casting choices on the sequels. That seems to be the approach taken by the producers of Deadpool 2, anyways. A few weeks ago, we wrote about the rumors that Kyle Chander and Mackenzie Davis were atop the wishlist for Cable and Domino, respectively, in the next Deadpool movie. And now Davis has spoken openly about her lack of conversations regarding the role.
If you haven’t heard of Luke Cage, the first official clip from Netflix’s next Defenders series should get you up to speed the easy way. If criminals haven’t heard of Luke Cage, well, let’s just say they’re finding out the hard way.
I’m not really sure how audiences feel about filmmaker Harmony Korine. Critics certainly love his work; in the recent BBC poll of the greatest films of the 21st century, Korine’s 2012 millenial anthem Spring Breakers placed 74th on the list, ahead of notable movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Finding Nemo. This was despite the fact that Spring Breakers has an IMDb user score of 5.3, a quick and easy way to measure general audience opinions (and easily the lowest for all the movies on the BBC list).
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: whenever you need to cast someone as a giant floating face planet, get Kurt Russell. Russell has long been one of our most self-deprecating movie stars, an immensely talented actor with movie star looks who, for some wonderful reason, always preferred to play the buffoon over the action hero. Movies like Big Trouble in Little China and even the more recent The Hateful Eight reveal that Russell is never happier than when making fun of his movie star persona.
Movies like Ghost in the Shell are what make me glad I’m not a box office prognosticator. On the one hand, the movie is a blockbuster adaptation of the popular Japanese manga that stars one of the most bankable international movie stars; on the other hand, we’re still six-plus months away from the film’s release date and it has already generated more negative publicity than an entire season’s worth of summer movies. Good luck figuring out those leading indicators, experts!
Ash Vs. Evil Dead had plenty of history to draw on for the Starz take on Bruce Campbell’s chainsaw-wielding champion, though rights issues prevented any reference to the medieval Army of Darkness. Then, producers claimed Season 2 was free and clear to pay homage to Ash’s past adventures, but according to groovy Bruce himself, those reports were exaggerated.
The divide between Marvel TV and movies has gotten a bit fuzzier over the years, to the point Alfre Woodard can play separate roles in Civil War and Luke Cage, but actors nonetheless show caution choosing their MCU role. Such was apparently the case for Breaking Bad guy Giancarlo Esposito, who turned down a Marvel TV role in the hopes of securing something on the big screen.
Happy National Dog Day. Here’s a movie about a dog doomed to die and be reborn again and again so that he can… learn something about life? So that humans can be happy? Is there a shortage of dog souls to go around, so that by the time you pick up your new puppy from the shelter, mentally it’s probably already a grizzled old man looking down the barrel at the next twelve years of its life with exhaustion and regret?
If any series stood accused of missing what makes live-action superheroes enjoyable, it’d be FOX’s Gotham. Well, wouldn’t you know it - the showrunner who thinks “prenatal origin stories” and sexualizing 14-year old characters make great fodder for Batman’s beginnings says “I don’t think superheroes work very well on TV.”