Top 10 Film Stories of the Week (9/26)

Hollywood moves fast. It's time to catch up.


For the world of television, this week was quite interesting. The second season of True Detective is shaping up with Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and what appears to be Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, while Hulu snagged the rights to develop a mini-series based on Stephen King’s exceptional novel, 11/22/63. For film, however, the week was sort of a mixed bag with various highlights, albeit most quite odd. (Looking at you, Mr. Soderbergh.) Regardless of the nutbar stories, one of our favorite visionaries returned and a cult comic hero finally gets his day.

Shall we?

10. John Green gets more movies

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[Source: The A.V. Club]

In the wake of The Fault In Our Stars, John Green’s YA novel-turned-movie, Universal Studios has just purchased the rights to another of Green’s works, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances.

Well, with the smash success of this summer’s The Fault in Our Stars behind us, it was probably inevitable that John Green is about to become the latest popular author to see his works flooding movie theaters in the next few years. Since the trend with YA novels in recent years has been one of picking up the most franchise-able options, Green is at least helping to buck it by avoiding the franchise model in favor of meatier fare. Whether you care for Green’s heaping dollops of sarcastic proselytizing about teenagers who’re too smart to actually just have emotions without a running commentary about their emotions or not, embrace the John Green boom. It’s probably going to be here for a while. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

9. Ducks still fly together…

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[Source: Today]

Brought to you by ‘90s nostalgia and at least one person you knew in college if you’ve gone in the past five years or so, it’s the cast reunion for D2: The Mighty Ducks! Marguerite Moreau, remembered as Connie in the Disney hockey trilogy and also as Katie in the absurdist masterpiece Wet Hot American Summer, took to Instagram to share pictures of most of the cast (sans Joshua Jackson and Emilio Estevez) assuming the Flying V formation. For a film with such a nostalgia-heavy fanbase, D2 seems to have been an integral part of a great many childhoods for kids born in the late ‘80s and reared on Disney in its live-action inspirational sports dramedy phase. Regardless, this is a reunion made for a certain generation. And for Buzzfeed. –Dominick Mayer

8. The Green Ranger still up for being mighty and morphing

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[Source: Comic]

Are you involved in the Power Rangers reboot in any way?

Jason David Frank: I probably will be involved. They talked to me about it. I don’t know how much I am involved, but for sure cameos at least in the reboot movie.

Apparently the original Green Ranger has taken time away from his busy regimen of challenging retired WWE wrestler CM Punk to MMA throwdowns to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers reboot. After all, what nostalgia-fest is complete without people you tangentially remember showing up in the outfits in which you actually remember them? We’ll keep you abreast of any further updates about the July 2016 franchise reboot, and/or Frank’s possible fistfights with a tattooed Chicago misanthrope. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

7. Prometheus sequel: Xenomorphs need not apply


[Source: Yahoo UK]

“The beast is done. Cooked,” [Ridley Scott] says simply. “I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four (he has conveniently forgotten the ‘AvP’ movies), I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”

Well that’s a relief. After teasing audiences with a xenomorph (the baddies from the Alien franchise) at the conclusion of Prometheus, it appears as though Ridley Scott will be taking his new franchise in a new, exciting direction by continuing to focus on the Engineers. Oh. Right. Those. The giant aliens Ripley’s crew discovered in Alien. Remember how jazzed everyone was (myself included) for Prometheus? Talk about a movie that looks great but feels hollow. Much more interested in his Matt Damon-led The Martian than discovering more answers to questions we don’t need revealed. –Justin Gerber

6. The Likely-to-be-Okay Seven

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[Source: Movieweb]

“Yeah, that’s (The Magnificent Seven) where all of my attention is going. When I get back to L.A., I’ll meet the casting team and start to get into it with the producers and everybody next week.”

The above quote belongs to director Antoine Fuqua, who will re-team with Denzel Washington (Training Day, The Equalizer) to mount a remake of The Magnificent Seven. While the 1960 film is a remake of its own (the superior Seven Samurai), this will definitely be a reinterpretation of the western version. “It’s not going to be something where people won’t recognize it, for sure,” Fuqua tells Movieweb. “There’s certainly going to be the Yul Brynner type of role, the Steve McQueen, all those roles are there, and the town that needs help.” Paging Ethan Hawke, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, and Keira Knightley! No, those actors aren’t confirmed, but all have worked with Fuqua before. Now, the race is on to see what comes first: this or the inevitable Equalizer sequel. –Justin Gerber

5. Bill & Ted 3 still (allegedly) happening

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[Source: Yahoo]

“…it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: what if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”

Strange things are afoot with the franchise craze. But be very careful not to call the now-likelier third installment of the Bill & Ted series a remake around Alex Winter. Like Clerks, another slacker-loving unlikely franchise, Winter seems to understand that the most honest way to revisit the titular duo over two decades after their last expedition into time and history is to acknowledge that neither he nor Keanu Reeves are youths anymore. While pensive and rueful might seem like unusual speeds for a Bill & Ted movie, here’s hoping that the eventual release (Winter insists the film is strictly still in development) can pull it off. –Dominick Mayer

4. Viggo one of The Hateful Eight?

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[Source: /Film]

The potential casting news comes from a New York Daily News tipster who spotted Tarantino and Mortensen meeting at New York’s Greenwich Hotel. This individual reports ‘the pair had what appeared to be scripts in front of them and seemed to be discussing characters.’ Specifically, Tarantino was ‘boisterously’ talking up a ‘ruthless gang leader’ role to Mortensen.

Far be it from us to pick up a news story from the likes of the Daily News, The Post, or Daily Mail, but far more reputable sites have gone with this story, so what’s the harm in taking part in the rumor mill? The Hateful Eight is another Tarantino take on the spaghetti western, and normally I’d be crying out, “Try something new!” However, if Tarantino’s new feature film adds Viggo Mortensen to a cast that may include Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, and Walt f’n Goggins, you’ll be sure to find that particular movie near the top of my own “most anticipated movies” list for 2015. Nothing hateful to say about such a flick. –Justin Gerber

3. Finally! Deadpool in 2016

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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

On Thursday, the studio announced that the movie will hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016. Tim Miller is set to direct the film, with Ryan Reynolds long rumored to star, although no deal is set. (Bets are that he will.)

Remember Deadpool at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine? You do? My condolences. Fortunately, you may now remove that neutered, bald, mouth-covered character from that abomination of a film. Thanks to uber-convenient altering of the X-Men timeline at the end of this year’s Days of Future Past, everyone’s favorite wisecrackin’ hero has been retconned, Reynolds can take the character in a brand new direction that will hopefully skew closer to his comic book origins, including breaking the fourth wall, cursing, and being brutally violent. That’s not just my optimistic bloodlust talking. Test footage leaked online about a month ago, and it looked over-the-top, violent, funny, and glorious. There is a back-and-forth over whether or not the film will be rated PG-13, but here’s hoping the 20thCentury Fox/Marvel duo make the ballsy move and go R, or go home. –Justin Gerber

2. The Mann Returns

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[Source: EW]

“They don’t know who [the terrorist] is, where he is, and they don’t know why he’s doing what he’s doing,” Mann says. “There’s no apparent motive. The people they’re working against are high-speed, world-class. They’re dangerous, violent, and that launches our story.”

I’ve missed Michael Mann. After directing 2009’s Public Enemies, he produced and even directed a bit of HBO’s ill-fated horse racing series Luck, which was cancelled when nearby glue factories reported overpopulation (unconfirmed). The good news is that he’s back on the big screen with Blackhat, which aspires to be more in line with the smart, action dramas from the man’s past.

In this trailer, we meet a hacker played by Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, who alongside a crew that includes Oscar-nominee Viola Davis and John Ortiz must join forces with the Chinese to take down a terrorist. Unfortunately, this terrorist has not been identitied, nor has the cause behind his/her recent attacks. In addition to hacker-on-hacker action, there appears to be a fair amount of gunfire and running.

Just another day in the life of computer geeks, I suppose, but, hey, it’s Michael Mann (Thief! Manhunter! Heat!). We’ll always give him the benefit of the doubt. –Justin Gerber

1. Raiders of the Lost Soderbergh

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[Source: Extension 765]

I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot—whether short or long—held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me.

As if Raiders of the Lost Ark wasn’t already deeply indebted to the Golden Era of Hollywood, Steven Soderbergh had to go and reimagine the film as presented in black and white, and without any sound aside from a score of his choosing. It’s very much a film school experiment as much as anything, which goes along with his lengthy anecdotal blog post.

And while he’s hardly the first cinephile to play around with deconstructing pop cinema, especially in the YouTube era, Soderbergh’s version of Raiders still draws attention to how a Harrison Ford-starring action lark was up for Best Picture in the ‘80s. Spielberg’s love for the style and tone are supplemented by supreme craft. For a certain kind of film geek, that’s just as exciting as the flash of the story told. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer