It’s been the better part of a year since learning that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston would produce and star in a new sci-fi anthology series based on the writings of Philip K. Dick, brought to life by Battlestar Galactica alum Ron Moore. Now, Amazon confirms a pickup for Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, based on the author’s short stories.
Public opinion has swayed back and forth on Network in the decades since its release in 1976. To its many fans, the film’s cynical take on the feedback loop between the media and the outraged public has remained freakishly prescient, all but predicting the rise of the frothy-mouthed ravings that now cover the internet. To others, Paddy Chayefsky’s script went too broad, denouncing vague evils while indulging in fits of self-righteousness that have presently trickled down to the lesser works of Aaron Sorkin. As with pretty much any movie, it comes down to a matter of taste, but there’s no denying that Sidney Lumet‘s film retains a troubling relevance in today’s cultural and political climate. We are indeed mad as hell, and so long as the option exists, we’d prefer to not take it anymore.
Here’s a question for you: does James Franco continue to make juvenile comedies as a way of subsidizing his serious work, or does he make serious movies to provide himself the latitude to make juvenile comedies? I honestly have no idea. For every The Night Before, there seems to be an As I Lay Dying; for every Why Him?, a Child of God. While many actors and aspiring filmmakers try to find their niche and consolidate their power, Franco seems to be split pretty evenly among his penchant for comedy and his desire for drama. He could win an Oscar or a Razzie at any given moment.
You’d be forgiven to have not seen Amazon’s Sneaky Pete just yet, given its Amazon premiere this past Friday, original conception as a CBS show and multi-year development. Still, the new con man drama from the minds and stars of Justified is sneaking by with a second season, Bryan Cranston or no.
Superheroes don’t have to come from the brightly-colored pages of American comic books; the Power Rangers series that captivated youngsters during the ‘90s and early 2000s had roots in Japan, stemming from their tradition of kaiju films. It’s a powerful bridge between cultures, the universal desire to watch a team of teenagers with extraordinary abilities team up to beat the stuffing out of gigantic monsters, And now it’ll connect generations, too, as the official trailer arrives today with the promise of the same spirit of teamwork and towering-menace-fighting that made them an unlikely cross-Pacific sensation two decades ago.
After starring in arguably the greatest television series of all time, Bryan Cranston has certainly earned the right to pick any movie or television projects that he darn well pleases. That didn’t prevent a few people from raising their eyebrows when it was announced that Cranston would be joining the cast of the new Power Rangers reboot as their leader and mentor Zordon. Sure, we all know that Cranston got his start as a Power Rangers voice actor back in the day, but is he really so loyal as to work on a new live-action movie when he could be out there, winning Oscars or lighting up Broadway
Every new image from the Power Rangers movie is like a fun game of “what the heck is that?” Based on what we’ve seen so far, we’ve determined the aesthetic to be somewhere in the ballpark of “Joel Schumacher’s avant garde Mortal Kombat.” Today brings another puzzling image that makes for the most challenging round of this game yet, offering what is allegedly our first look at Bryan Cranston as Zordon — but what is it, really? No, seriously. You tell us.
Say what you will about James Franco, you can’t deny he isn’t a prolific artist. With a metric ton of projects that are either ongoing or announced, Franco has enough work to keep him busy for the next half a century. And like any actor-director, he has his favored collaborators, and he’s just announced that Bryan Cranston will play a younger version of himself for their third collaboration together.
Wes Anderson popped back up last month with a charming holiday-appropriate commercial for H&M, his first new work since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was neat, but a pale substitute for a new feature. Fortunately, Anderson fans (or, as we’re more commonly called, Wes Fan-dersons) can take solace that his next major effort is well on its way: Anderson resurfaced today with a three-minute video in which he introduces the cast and first snippet of footage from his upcoming Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion animated project that returns to the talking-animal precocity of Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Trump cabinet picks have been bad, but not Breaking Bad, at least until now. The SNL cold open for John Cena’s debut hour got Bryan Cranston reprising his iconic role as Walter White, tapped to head the DEA (what else) in the new administration.