Generations of moviegoers are currently going wild over Denis Villeneuve’s newly released Dune, and it would appear that another big director is on the Dune train, too. After Villeneuve raved about Christopher Nolan’s Tenet that was released mid-pandemic last year, Nolan returned the favor by praising the newest rendition of Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Honestly, it makes a ton of sense that Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve would be fans of each other, because their approach to movies are very much the same: go big or go home. Both directors are known for the awe inducing and jaw-dropping cinematic experience their movies produce. And if Villeneuve didn’t grab Dune, Nolan would probably have been the next best person to take up the task.
In an episode of The Director’s Cut podcast, Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve both sit down to discuss Dune, and Nolan sings his praises of the masterpiece of a film. Nolan comments on how sound the film is visually, saying the merge of live-action with digital elements is pretty “seamless”. Here it is in his own words:
In addition to how visually and technically pleasing the film was to Christopher Nolan, the director goes on to say that he feels Dune will have a huge impact on the newest generations. Frank Herbert’s Dune novels have been around since the ‘60s and both David Lynch’s film adaptation captured people’s attention back in the ‘80s and Denis Villeneuve’s have opened up the world of Dune for younger people to dive into. Nolan thanks Villeneuve for this “gift”, saying:
Denis Villeneuve and fans alike are hoping for a sequel to get greenlit, and it sounds like the Dune director has the backing of Christopher Nolan. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Villeneuve’s Dune yet, you can catch it in theaters or streaming at home on HBO Max, but if you want to follow the director’s advice, you’ll opt for watching the masterpiece on the big screen.
It’s always sad when there is a loss of life, and an untimely death resulting from an accident makes that loss weigh a little heavier. Halyna Hutchins tragically lost her life on the set of the western Rust after star Alec Baldwin discharged a firearm being used as a prop. Hutchins was working behind the camera as the cinematographer, and the director Joel Sauza was injured as well. Baldwin has since spoken out about the tragic accident, and now a source reveals just how Baldwin seems to be coping with the difficult reality of being the person whose handled the prop gun that ended Hutchins’ life.
As the accident is still very fresh, authorities continue to investigate just what happened to cause such an unthinkable tragedy. Alec Baldwin has been open about cooperating with authorities, and now it seems he is dealing with some serious trauma from the accident. According to People’s source, Baldwin is leaning on his family for support through the difficult time. This is what is said of the actor’s coping strategy and space of mind right now:
The bulk of the focus and misfortune here, of course, goes to Halyna Hutchins and her family during this time. However, everyone on set that day also shares in the devastation of the accident. Hutchins was deeply loved and the trauma that comes from seeing a violent accident occur to anyone, let alone someone you work closely with, is intense. In addition to Alec Baldwin, other actors have spoken out about the loss of Hutchins and how much of a light she was, and I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone who present when the accident happened were ushered toward some type of counseling for the trauma resulting from the accident.
This type of accident has indeed happened before. It’s almost impossible to think about this accident and not correlate it to the accidental shooting that happened on set of The Crow, resulting in the death of Brandon Lee back in 1993. The 28-year gap between accidents makes the problem pretty rare, but some sets are taking even higher precautions to protect its people now that the issue has surfaced once more. Hopefully no one else has to share the same fate as Brandon Lee and Halyna Hutchins.
Production has halted on the Alec Baldwin and Jensen Ackles-led Rust, and it’s unclear as to whether it will ever start back up. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Halyna Hutchins, as well as Baldwin and everyone else who was on set when the accident happened. Here’s hoping they all receive the mental health help they need after facing such a traumatic event.
I don’t care how many renditions they make of The Evil Dead, I am unabashedly on board for whatever could come out of it, especially if the great Sam Raimi is involved. Evil Dead Rise is the newest, upcoming addition to The Evil Dead franchise, and it sounds like we can expect something a little different. The bloodiness of the franchise is apparently sticking, though, because Evil Dead Rise has wrapped filming and a whole lot of fake blood was used to create the horror flick.
Sam Raimi is joined by horror writer/director Lee Cronin to bring us Evil Dead Rise, and he has given us a sweet update on the now wrapped film. Cronin posted an end-of-filming update on his Twitter that featured some seriously bloody pics. I’m honestly surprised that they’re not more bloody, though, because Cronin states that 6,500 liters of blood was used to make the film. You can check out the post below:
8 months, 1 Covid Lockdown, 6,500 litres of blood, and more memories than my brain can even process. That is a wrap on #EvilDeadRise. Thank you New Zealand, it’s been a blast. Time to head home and cut this beast together. pic.twitter.com/iyah4vEEqLOctober 26, 2021
It looks like I’m not the only one dead set on being pumped for another Evil Dead movie, because fans are all hype in the comments of Lee Cronin’s post. One commenter cleverly says that Cronin has some “big, bloody shoes to fill” in creating an Evil Dead movie, but that they’re excited to see what he does with the film nonetheless.
Indeed, taking on the Evil Dead franchise is a massive undertaking. It’s got an insane cult following for such a B-Movie, but Lee Cronin isn’t alone in the task. Sam Raimi lends his hand in the writing room for the film, and OG deadite warrior and horror movie icon Bruce Campbell is acting as executive producer. This makes perfect sense, as I actually don’t think there has ever been a project within the franchise that Campbell didn’t take part in, in one way or another.
Evil Dead Rise is shaking things up with a brand new cast, and a brand new setting. Instead of bringing protagonists to a cabin in the middle of the deadite infested woods, they’re bringing the deadites to the city. It would appear that Evil Dead Rise is one-upping itself from its 2018 version where a female lead found herself in Bruce Campbell’s original role. The new film will center around two female leads, sisters who are protecting their family from the demons born from the Book of the Dead.
While the film has wrapped on filming, neither a trailer nor a release date has been dropped for Evil Dead Rise. Even so, we can be fairly confident that once we do get a peek at the upcoming film, there will be plenty of blood and gore involved. HBO Max is where you’ll be able to find the film once it does get released, sometime next year.
Ahead of Creed III’s arrival, moviegoers will soon have the opportunity to witness a different take on one of the Rocky franchise’s most popular entries. Sylvester Stallone’s new cut of Rocky IV, a.k.a. Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago, will debut with a one-night theatrical screening on November 11, and it’ll be available on on-demand the day after. With tickets for said screening now on sale, word’s come in that Rocky IV’s director’s cut is already making an impressive amount of money.
Keeping in mind, once again, that Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago will only play on the big screen for one night from Fathom Events, Deadline reports that the movie’s pre-sales have already broken a pandemic record for the company, coming in at 120% ahead of the “next closest title at the same point in time.” The best opening for a Fathom Event remains BTS World Tour Love Yourself in Seoul back in 2019, with it debuting to $2.86 million at 997 locations and ending with a $3.5 million haul. Whether Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago will come close to that remains to be seen, but clearly there’s a lot of interest in catching the director’s cut in a theatrical setting.
Released on November 27, 1985, the original version of Rocky IV pulled in over $300 million worldwide, and along with being the highest-grossing sports movie for 24 years (until it was overtaken by 2009’s The Blind Side), it still ranks as the highest-grossing Rocky-related movie. Critically speaking, Rocky IV earned more mixed reception compared to its predecessors, but it’s certainly not without a passionate fanbase. 36 years later, Sylvester Stallone is delivering a new cut of Rocky IV that will be packed with 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. The theatrical screening will also include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago, and select Fathom locations will have a live Q&A with Stallone.
Along with his acting and directorial duties, Sylvester Stallone also wrote Rocky IV, just like he did with all the original Rocky movies (although with Rocky and Rocky V, John G. Avildsen also worked on the script). Stallone announced that a director’s cut of Rocky IV was forthcoming in August 2020, and originally the plan was to deliver it the following November to celebrate the movie’s 35th anniversary. Obviously that didn’t come to pass, but by April 2021, Stallone announced that his new cut of Rocky IV was complete.
It will be interesting to see how Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago compares to its predecessor, namely how much of that added footage improves the overall quality of the story. One important element of the original Rocky IV that won’t be in the director’s cut is the robot that Rocky gives to Burt Young’s Paulie. Robert Doornick, the founder of International Robotics and creator/voice of Paulie’s robot, told Empire that this was done to save money on royalty fees sent to him.
We’re only a few weeks away from Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago, but for those of you invested in Adonis Creed’s journey, Creed III (which Michael B. Jordan is also directing) will come out on November 23, 2022. Rocky Balboa will not appear in the threequel, but Sylvester Stallone has talked about making another Rocky-centric movie that would see the retired boxer training an illegal immigrant. That said, it’s unclear whether that project is still in the cards or has been set aside.
As the classic horror cinema characters such as Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula maintain their everlasting fandoms through celebrations such as Universal Studios’ Halloween-themed events, Hollywood continues its attempts to reboots the stable of monsters for modern audiences. Ryan Gosling’s Wolfman reboot will follow in the spiritual footsteps of Leigh Whannel’s 2020 hit The Invisible Man, and previously had Whannel tapped as both co-writer and director. That’s not the case anymore, however, with Wolfman now being helmed by someone Gosling is quite familiar with.
It looks like Wolfman will be another reteaming for Ryan Gosling and the Oscar-nominated writer/director Derek Cianfrance, according to Deadline. A filmmaker most definitely not known for getting behind the camera for big-budget studio far, or for any kind of fantastical storytelling in general, Cianfrance is perhaps best known for his two collaborations with Gosling: 2010’s Blue Valentine, which earned Michelle Williams an Oscar nom, and 2012’s The Place Beyond the Pines. He’s a storyteller who delves into personal traumas and situations that are indeed horrific, even if they don’t count as “horror.”
Which means that Derek Cianfrance’s take on Wolfman could completely revert the Universal Monster-verse into being something purely cinematic again, with The Invisible Man as the first successful step in that direction. One could only hope that Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling will avoid the missteps taken by Joe Johnston’s 2010 reboot with Benicio Del Toro, while really delivering on making the film’s characters feel as real and authentic as the emotionally wrought leads of Blue Valentine, Sound of Metal and Cianfrance’s more recent HBO limited series I Know This Much Is True. The latter earned Mark Ruffalo an Emmy win.
As it happens, Ryan Gosling was reportedly instrumental in bringing Derek Cianfrance on board the Universal and Blumhouse project. The two apparently share project pitches on occasion, and it’s stated that once Leigh Whannel exited Wolfman earlier in 2021 over scheduling concerns, Gosling reached out to Cianfrance to lay out his vision for what the film should be, which convinced the writer/director to sign on. Considering Cianfrance hasn’t directed a film since 2016’s The Light Between Oceans, this would be one hell of a return project.
Here’s what Derek Cianfrance had to say in reacting to the news:
Even beyond the pathos that he’ll bring to the project, horror fans should definitely keep in mind that Cianfrance projects also boast stellar casts. So if he brings in other repeat performers like Ryan Gosling, Wolfman could feature such stars as Rachel Weisz, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn and more. Or, you know, none of those people and a bunch of other great actors.
Hopefully this movie remains high on the list of upcoming Ryan Gosling projects, as there are never too many franchises in horror cinema. While waiting for more updates, check out all the other upcoming horror movies on the way!
Sometimes being a big star isn’t quite as cool as you might think. Sometimes when Tom Cruise does his own stunts he breaks bones, and sometimes when Hugh Jackman is rehearsing for a big Broadway musical, he takes a hat to the face and cuts himself. No, really, this is a thing that happened. And somehow Ryan Reynolds hasn’t started laughing at him for it yet.
Hugh Jackman posted a video to Instagram and Twitter today which includes him tossing around a boater hat, something he will presumably be wearing when he appears on stage as Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man in just a few months. As it turns out, such practicing can be dangerous as Jackman apparently cut the bridge of his nose with the hat.
Hugh Jackman makes a comment about a biopsy during the video. The actor has been treated for skin cancer in the past, and with that knowledge there’s actual reason to be concerned when one sees that the actor has a cut to his nose, as it could be part of a test. The good news however, is that he just hit himself in the face with a hat.
And knowing that Hugh Jackman is not dealing with a potential health crisis, and simply did something silly, it would be the perfect time for Ryan Reynolds to show up and say something snarky, poking fun at the actor. As of the time of this writing, he hasn’t said anything yet, but it’s only a matter of time, right?
It’s perhaps understandable that a Broadway performer might strain their vocal cords while singing, or perhaps pull a muscle learning a dance. Injuries while rehearsing are not uncommon, but I think cutting yourself with the edge of a hat is not the sort of injury anybody is prepared for.
Fans looking forward to seeing Hugh Jackman on Broadway will be hoping that this is the worst injury he sustains in the lead up to the show. The show was delayed along with the rest of Broadway, due to the global pandemic, and considering that other shows that were doing well were completely closed, it was possible the revival of The Music Man might end before it ever got started.
While the show saw two major delays, it was not canceled, and now Hugh Jackman won’t be focused on making movies for a while, as he’ll be spending most nights on the stage.
Hopefully, Hugh Jackman will get lots more practice with that hat and he’ll be able to keep it under control on stage. A lot of people probably spent some serious money to get seats up close to the stage. They wanted to get close to Hugh Jackman. They probably weren’t expecting to need to be aware of their physical safety.
It’s not unusual for a lot of busy couples to have trouble making enough time to be together. Everyone has work, family, friends, and other responsibilities that could easily get in the way if they don’t regularly set aside time for their significant other. The same might be even more true for celebrities, who frequently find themselves not just working long hours, but doing so far away from their romantic partners. After several months of a whirlwind relationship resurrection, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are now doing just that, but we have some idea of how they’re staying in touch with their very busy schedules.
JLo and Ben Affleck surprised everyone earlier this year, when they reconnected in the spring, after a whopping 17 years apart, and kicked off a renewed relationship that’s seen them become one of the world’s most famous couples again. But, as we know, they both have very busy careers, and are now working in different locales, meaning that they can’t be face to face on a daily basis. An anonymous source has told E! News, though, that Lopez and Affleck are finding ways to get in some good face time now, and said:
While Affleck has been doing a lot of press for his new historical drama, The Last Duel, he also spent the earlier part of October in Austin, Texas filming Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming thriller, Hypnotic, and has been in Los Angeles for the past couple of weeks so that he could visit with his kids. Meanwhile, Lopez has been working on the assassin thriller, The Mother, for Netflix in Vancouver, Canada. This means that there’s a lot less time for the duo to do things like galavant around on yachts or hang out in Montana, so they’ve had to be very conscious about making time for one another.
Of course, all of the bonding time they had between late April and early this month may have helped to ease this transition for the talented twosome. Aside from simply vacationing together, they also did things like take their kids to an outdoor movie, while Affleck flew to New York to see one of Lopez’s concerts about a month ago, and they also set the internet abuzz by gracing the red carpets at the Met Gala and the Venice Film Festival.
As most people likely know, it can be difficult to feel like you’re continuing to connect with your partner if the two of you are almost never together, even if you call / text / video chat daily. Physically being in the same place can help with that a lot, and it seems clear that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck know this, and are doing all they can to make sure they hang out IRL as much as possible right now. Hopefully, that means things will go much better for them this time around.
This past weekend, after being delayed for nearly a full year, Denis Villenueve’s Dune finally opened in theaters and on HBO Max to a warm critical reception and an impressive turnout on the box office front. Unlike David Lynch’s Dune from 1984, Villeneuve’s adaptation only covered the first half of Frank Herbert’s original novel, and until today, it wasn’t a sure thing if we’d get a movie chronicling the second half. Well, worry no more, as Dune 2 is officially happening, so get ready to see more of Zendaya’s Chani and Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides.
This announcement comes straight from Legendary Pictures, the production company behind Dune, and Warner Bros., the studio that distributed the movie. The latter has dated Dune 2 for October 20, 2023, and Timothée Chalamet even got in on the fun by sharing the sequel’s teaser poster.
Needless to say that Denis Villeneuve is pleased that Dune 2 is moving forward. Here’s what the filmmaker said in a statement (via THR):
Having already opened in various international territories in September, Dune kicked off its domestic run this past weekend with $40.1 million haul, making it not only Warner Bros.’ biggest opening for 2021, but the best opening of Denis Villeneuve’s career yet. Dune’s worldwide total currently sits at approximately $223 million, and the movie was reportedly made off a $165 million budget, with Legendary handling 80% of that amount and Warner Bros. taking care of the remaining 20%. Apparently it was Legendary’s call on whether or not to make Dune 2, and now the company has decided it’s a worthwhile endeavor to chronicle the latter half of what’s widely considered to be one of the greatest sci-fi tales of all time.
To be fair, over the last several months, it was looking increasingly likely that Dune 2/Dune: Part Two would happen rather than be tossed aside. Denis Villeneuve said in August that he was “optimistic” about the sequel’s chances, and just last week, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff cryptically stated that those who saw the ending of Dune would know the answer to whether or Dune 2 would move forward. Then there’s the fact that within Dune itself, the movie is titled as Dune: Part One, which was previously revealed at an IMAX screening of the first 10 minutes this past summer.
More to come…
Yesterday, Disneyland made news by raising prices on the resort, both when it comes to tickets and parking. However, Disneyland may have just found a way to convince a lot of fans to pay whatever it takes to visit the parks, as it is teasing the return of what maybe the park’s most iconic event, the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Rumors had been circulating that the Main Street Electrical Parade might be making a return to Disneyland and in a new video posted to the Disney Parks TikTok, it is being strongly indicated that exactly that is happening.
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The video teases fans with a To Be Continued, and so it stops short of saying, yes the Main Street Electrical Parade is coming back, but between the video itself, showing one of the parade’s floats, the “Baroque Hoedown” music, and the Disneyland truck, the video is all but a confirmation. That truck is getting ready to deliver the parade to the happiest place on earth.
Clearly the plan is to draw out the official confirmation. We’ll see at least one more video like this, perhaps more than one, showing the trucks arriving at the park and heading down Main Street U.S.A. once again. Honestly, the video itself is really well put together. Disney is good at a lot of things but perhaps none better than promoting itself.
Disneyland is all about nostalgia, not simply for an earlier time in history, but nostalgia for the park itself, and the Main Street Electrical Parade is a big part of that. Even with the recent price increases there will be people willing to pay to see this iconic parade.
The only remaining detail we really need here is when the parade will be back. Could it be arriving in the next couple of months, or will it wait until 2022, after the holiday season is over? The latter seems more likely. The holiday season is always a popular time at Disney Parks and with Disneyland having an after hours Christmas Party event, that will have its own nighttime parade, trying to manage two is likely more trouble than its worth.
Attendance usually slows after the holiday season and so dropping the Main Street Electrical Parade in January as a way to try to entice people into the parks makes a lot of sense.
Assuming this is arriving in the next two or three months it will be the first parade to run at Disneyland for general audiences since the park reopened. It’s maybe the best choice for that role for symbolic reasons. Although, a brand new daytime parade Magic Happens, had only opened about a month before Disneyland closed for the pandemic, and there’s no word on what’s going on with that one.
Of course, the other, very important question, is how long the parade will last. This almost certainly won’t be a multi-year engagement, but hopefully it will still last several months, giving a lot of people a chance to see it.
The Main Street Electrical Parade was born at Disneyland in 1972 and has been a recurring nighttime parade at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom through the decades. It’s last appearance was a brief summer run at Disneyland in 2019. The parade actually had its longest run at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but it hasn’t been seen there since 2016.
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie was that rare video game adaptation that was both a box office success, and one that was largely (if not universally) loved by critics. It was little surprise that the film was given a sequel. As with any sequel, the new movie is looking to be even bigger than the first, and part of how Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will do that is by including Idris Elba as Knuckles the Echidna.
Idris Elba certainly has a unique and memorable voice, making him perfect to bring Knuckles to life, but Idris Elba has also been called the Sexiest Man Alive, so are we about to get a sexy echidna in Sonic 2? Luckily, no. While Idris Elba doesn’t tell ScreenRant anything about what Knuckles is, what he is not, apparently, is sexy. Elba says…
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is still several months away so Idris Elba is still very much in the “I’m not allowed to talk about it” portion of his contract. Specifics about the character or the plot are going to be out of bounds in any interview, but in this case Elba can tell us what we won’t be getting in a very general sense.
The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie was many things but “sexy” certainly was not one of them. While we certainly don’t know how the character of Knuckles will fit in the sequel, if he was a sexy character it would probably be quite strange. Of course, the Sonic universe and sex have a long and sordid history online, so maybe it’s not that crazy a question to ask. Still, it’s a good thing that it’s not happening.
When the rumors that Knuckles was being added to the Sonic sequel first began, there was a fan campaign to get Dwayne Johnson added to the film to voice the character. Johnson likely would have been a solid choice, and he was a self-professed fan of the franchise, making it even better. But even those who were hoping that The Rock would appear will likely be happy with Idris Elba as Knuckles.
We have yet to see Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but with the movie set to open in April 2022, a first trailer will likely be arriving soon. Certainly, one hopes that the visual design of Knuckles won’t see the same backlash that Sonic did, as that redesign pushed the first movie back by several months. Though we know now it was worth it.
Knuckles isn’t the only character from Sonic the Hedgehog video game history expected to appear. Sonic’s game sidekick Tails appeared in the first movie’s post-credits scene, so every expectation is that Tails will be back for the new movie as well.