David Harbour Takes Over the Hellboy Role in Trailer for Reboot

Guillermo del Toro’s sleeper Hellboy movies had a perfect actor in Ron Perlman as the laconic character, but is it me or does this reboot look kinda good? David Harbour from Stranger Things is taking over (and doesn’t look much different as far as the makeup goes), but he looks to be bringing a certain spirited attitude to the part. The new director is Neil Marshall, a British filmmaker whose first two horror movies, Dog Soldiers and The Descent, were pretty good, so maybe this one will deliver. It won’t have that unique del Toro flavor of course, which is too bad. I always wanted to see a third sequel to that series. This one is coming out in April.

Cate Blanchett Stars in Richard Linklater's 'Where'd You Go Bernadette'

Not sure what to think about this one, and I have a feeling the studio didn’t quite know how to market it either. Apparently the novel’s not so much of a comedy, but this trailer sure wants you to think it is. This movie was supposed to come out this fall, but it was pushed back to next spring, so make of that what you will. It seems outside the usual wheelhouse of its director (Linklater did Boyhood and the Before trilogy, but also School of Rock and Bernie, so maybe this is more in that vein). Getting kind of a “young adult subject matter for normal adults” vibe though.

Penny Marshall 1943-2018

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Sad news today, as the actress turned director Penny Marshall has died at the age of 75. She first gained fame as Laverne on the classic 1970’s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, a spinoff of Happy Days, and a role which earned her three Golden Globe nominations from 1976-1983. She then went on to become a successful director and producer, displaying a light touch and a feel for blending comedy and drama. She was the first woman to direct a movie that made over $100 million at the box office (first Big and then she did it again with A League of Their Own) and one of only seven women to have one of her films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (Awakenings). Her filmography included Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986), Big (1988), Awakenings (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), Renaissance Man (1994), The Preacher’s Wife (1996) and Riding in Cars With Boys (2001). The sister of Garry Marshall, who produced and co-created Laverne & Shirley, and with whom she worked together quite often, she was also married to Rob Reiner from 1971 to 1981, with whom she has a daughter Tracy, and five grandchildren. She passed away from complications of diabetes in Los Angeles.

Check out this American Bandstand interview from ‘76 for the way she handles these crazy sexist questions from the audience. I love her reaction to the idea that she’d rather be a full time wife, and Dick Clark condescendingly approves that “all women ought to have activity.” Thanks, Dick.

First 'Downton Abbey' Teaser Trailer Arrives

Three years after the show ended, the Downton Abbey movie is coming in September of next year. This is kind of a lame teaser, because literally all it shows is the house, but with the entire cast back for it (including Maggie Smith), I’m sure the fans will be psyched. I really don’t know what there is left to say about these people though- it was a pretty resolved ending from what I remember.

Marvel Reveals 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer

So we finally get a trailer for the next Avengers movie, which comes with an actual title reveal, just four months before the movie’s release, on April 26th, 2019. That’s how confident they are in the mad success of this franchise, that it basically requires no promotion after that big cliffhanger that left everyone in tears (not me- you know they’ll all be back because a lot of them are getting their own sequels). The fact that they’re going with “endgame” implies that a bunch of the original mains may not survive this time- Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, etc. We’ll see how many they have the guts to actually kill off.

Kevin Hart to Host the 91st Academy Awards

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Well…in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s December and an Oscar host still hadn’t been announced, which is really late, for show preparation. That’s apparently because no one wanted the gig, and why would they? It’s long become the most thankless job in Hollywood, subject to endless criticism and ever lower ratings (although that may or may not be the host’s fault), so the Academy has been scrounging for weeks for someone who was willing to do it. Apparently that’s Kevin Hart, who had mentioned in the last couple years that he wanted to and now they’re taking him up on the offer. I’m not excited about this, because 1) I don’t think he’s particularly funny, 2) his style of standup isn’t conducive to this type of hosting duty, and 3) his VMA hosting job was an absolute disaster. Maybe he’ll draw a bigger audience thanks to his social media following (and that’s what ABC and the Academy wants), but frankly, I’m expecting the most cringeworthy hosting performance since Anne Hathaway and James Franco. I hope he proves me wrong.