So this movie suffers from some seriously bad timing, since Disney's Jungle Book came out just two years ago and was a huge success. This Warner Brothers one, directed by Andy Serkis, looks like it's trying to be more faithful to the original Rudyard Kipling stories (and it actually looks better than Disney's to me), but with all the familiar CG animals and Indian setting, it can only look so different. Is there an audience for what's essentially a more serious version of the same thing? It comes out October 19th.
More stunts and intrigue in what looks to be another solid entry in the M:I franchise. Again, this is the first one where a director is actually returning for a sequel, and since Rogue Nation was so good, I'm sure this one will be as well. Tom Cruise seems to show no sign of slowing down, but as he inches toward his sixties and the stunts get no less crazy, you have to wonder how long he can keep this up.
I'm guessing those remastered Queen songs are going to trick a lot of people into thinking this looks amazing, but if you block that out of your mind, we're not actually seeing a whole lot here yet (this teaser is mostly montage). Still, I love Rami Malek on Mr. Robot, so I'm hoping for the best. Most of this movie was directed by Bryan Singer before he was fired from the production last year, and the rest of it was completed by Dexter Fletcher, but filming was nearly finished before Singer left, so it'll be interesting to see who tries to credit for this if it turns out well.
Okay, so this looks awesome and it just got out of this world reaction from the Cannes Film Festival crowd, with word along the lines of "Spike Lee's best in decades," "most entertaining since Inside Man," and "righteously angry and takes aim squarely and savagely at Trump's America." I cannot WAIT. It comes out August 10th.
Margot Kidder passed away at her home in Montana this morning at the age of 69. A Canadian-American actress who starred in 1970's cult films like Sisters (1973) and Black Christmas (1974), as well as the horror classic The Amityville Horror (1979), she will always be best known for playing Lois Lane in four Superman movies alongside Christopher Reeve's Man of Steel, from 1978-1987. For those who hold the Reeve Superman films close to their hearts (like me), this is a very sad loss, as Kidder's Lois was a feisty, tough talking, and independent reporter- hardly just a damsel in distress and just as iconic a character to the series as the lead. Back when superhero movies recognized the importance of a good love story, Superman and Lois Lane's was crucial and treated that way by the films, especially Superman and Superman II (something that would never happen today in these kinds of movies). Kidder later made appearances on TV shows like Smallville, Brothers & Sisters and The L Word, as well as in theater, but it's as Lois that she'll always be remembered.
A longer look at this movie tells me that Mila Kunis is the one carrying it here, with Kate McKinnon in supporting, and I gotta say, it really feels like that ought to be reversed. This movie looks a lot like Spy, and needless to say, Kunis is hardly Melissa McCarthy. To be honest, I've never found her all that funny in the first place (come at me, Bad Moms fans) and I don't think she's a strong enough actress to carry what's obviously supposed to be an outrageous farce (McKinnon on the other hand, could be a different story). Still, the most interesting part of this trailer remains the fact that Sam Heughan is in it, so it may be worth it just for him.
So, this is weird. Maybe I noticed this before and forgot, but I'm sure that this whole idea of combining a bunch of TV and movie awards together has got to be pretty new, right? I guess it's all a fan based voting thing anyway, so they figure what's the difference, but it is strange to see movie and TV actors competing against each other in a bunch of these categories. I mean, Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip vs. Kate McKinnon on SNL? Really? Who knows what is and isn't rigged for these awards, but my guess would be that Black Panther dominates most of them. They air on June 18th on MTV.
Avengers: Infinity War
13 Reasons Why
Game of Thrones
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why
Issa Rae – Insecure
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) – Black Panther
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) – Game of Thrones
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) – Wonder Woman
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) – The Flash
Daisy Ridley (Rey) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Infinity War
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) – Black Panther
Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker) – Legion
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) – IT
Jane the Virgin – Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael)
Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram)
Ready Player One – Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade)
Riverdale – KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica)
Stranger Things – Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Talitha Bateman (Janice) – Annabelle: Creation
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) – A Quiet Place
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) – IT
Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole) – Black Mirror
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – Stranger Things
BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM
Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)
IT – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)
Ready Player One – Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)
Stranger Things – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Kate McKinnon – SNL
Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty
Tiffany Haddish (Dina) – Girls Trip
Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) – Stranger Things
Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – Riverdale
Taika Waititi (Korg) – Thor: Ragnarok
Letitia Wright (Shuri) – Black Panther
Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)
Avengers: Infinity War – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)
Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)
Thor: Ragnarok – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44”
The Defiant Ones
BEST REALITY SERIES
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Love & Hip Hop
The Real Housewives
RuPaul’s Drag Race
So I have to assume this Ant-Man and Wasp movie takes place before the last Avengers one, right? I mean, it kinda of has to. And I wonder why they're hiding Michelle Pfeiffer in all these trailers, since it was already announced she's playing the original Wasp with Michael Douglas. Is it because all her scenes are going to be flashbacks with that de-aging thing they do now?
Eh...this one looks a little strange to me. There's something weird about the symbiote (what exactly is the correct pronunciation of this word?) being a separate entity who talks to Eddie Brock inside his head. But I may be a little biased against Sony in terms of superhero movies. Seriously, when was the last time they actually came out with a decent one? Was it Spider-Man 2, way back in 2004? I'm also not exactly the world's biggest Venom fan either, so I don't know- what do Venom fans think?
I'm starting to feel pretty skeptical about this movie. This last trailer is pretty much all action over the weirdness/jokes of the last one...is that what people wanted? I don't know. Guess we'll find out soon though- the movie's out on May 18th, just about a month away.
Even though Goldblum's back as Ian Malcolm, he looks and sounds so different now that he's kind of unrecognizable to me. Other than that, this sequel to Jurassic World actually looks a lot like 1997's The Lost World, where the dinosaurs came back to the city (or at least the T-Rex did) and terrorized the people there. The last one was big, loud and dumb and this one looks very similar, so...I guess it'll be a big hit? I still can't believe that last movie is one of the top five highest grossing movies in the U.S. Nostalgia is really strong, I guess.
A great filmmaker passed away this morning at the age of 86. Milos Forman was a director, writer, and actor from the former Czechoslovakia, who made films there as part of the Czechoslovakian New Wave (1965's Loves of a Blonde and 1967's The Fireman's Ball were both nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar) until leaving for the United States after the 1968 invasion. He continued to make movies here, producing a limited but monumental filmography that included One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Amadeus (1984), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Man on the Moon (1999). He is one of the few directors to have two of his films (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus) win Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest trailer:
Hair trailer (I think this movie's underrated):