Haven’t You Ever Wondered What ‘The Brady Bunch’ Would Be Like with Steve Buscemi and Danny Trujo?

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I don’t know about you, but for me not a day goes by where I don’t wonder what The Brady Bunch would have been like if Danny Trejo had played Marcia and Steve Buscemi had played Jan. I mean, at the very least it would have made the show so much grittier.

Well, the folks at Snickers have made my wildest dream come true. They’ve created one of those “you’re not yourself when you’re hungry” ads for the Super Bowl in which Trejo, ever the badass, plays a Marcia Brady out for blood after Peter hits her (him?) in the face with a football. Then, after Carol Brady talks Trejo down from the edge and makes him eat a Snickers, Buscemi plays Jan having one of her typical Marcia-fuelled hissy fits.

It’s fantastic. And dammit, it makes me want to eat a Snickers. I guess I’ll have to go put on some pants and go get one.

(The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 1, BTW.)

The ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Now Has a Trailer, and It Is Good

When I first heard Fox was doing a Fantastic Four reboot, I honestly did not understand how removing Jessica Alba was supposed to make the movie better.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like they just removed Alba and left everybody else. It’s an entirely new cast. Hence the reboot label. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with Kate Mara, who is the new Invisible Woman. All I’m saying is, I’m a big Jessica Alba fan.

That being said, the first official teaser trailer for the new, Jessica Alba-less Fantastic Four is damn good. Unlike the Ant-Man trailer, this thing is brooding and mysterious. It piques your interest and leaves you eager to see more.

In fact, based on the trailer, I woudn’t be surprised if Fantastic Four is this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy—the superhero hit that nobody really saw coming.

Fantastic Four also stars Miles TellerMichael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell. It hits theaters August 7, 2015.


Why Ryan Reynolds Is Happy ‘Deadpool’ Has a Tiny Budget

Graphic violence and curse words!

In this day and age, when a movie studio tells you that they are only giving you $50 million to make a superhero movie, it’s considered a slap in the face. It cost $220 million to make the first Avengers movie, $225 million to make Man of Steel, and $185 million to make The Dark Knight. How in the hell are you supposed to stand up to those movies with a budget of just $50 million?

Fortunately, nobody involved in Deadpool has a problem with their measly $50 million budget. In fact, the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds, says he’s actually pleased as punch with the (relatively) miniscule budget.

Here’s what he recently said to MTV:

It’s been a long time, but it’s happened in the right way and that’s all that matters. We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make… You gotta have faith in the people you’re working with, and have faith in the prep, and that’s all I’m doing. On this one, the prep’s been 11 years. 

When Reynolds says, “make the movie we want to make,” that’s code for “we don’t have to make this movie PG-13.”

Let me explain. You see, since Fox isn’t spending $200 million to make the movie, it doesn’t need to make $400 million at the box office to make Fox a big profit. And since it doesn’t have to make $400 million at the box office to make Fox a big profit, the film makers don’t have to get rid of the all graphic violence and adult language just so little kids can see it.

For serious Deadpool fans, this is fantastic news. To them, a Deadpool without graphic violence and adult language is no Deadpool at all.

Tom Hardy Drops Out of ‘Suicide Squad’


Well, that didn’t last long.

Six weeks ago, Warner Brothers announced their star-studded cast for the DC flick Suicide Squad. Jared Leto would play the Joker, Will Smith would play Deadshot, Jai Courtney would play Boomerang, Cara Delavigne would play Enchantress, Margot Robbie would play Harley Quinn, and Tom Hardy would play Rick Flag.

Now comes word that Hardy is out. And it’s not even a matter of compensation or creative differences. It’s a matter of Hardy not being able to fit the film into his busy schedule.

Apparently filming for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s The Reverent is running long and will go into mid-March, at which point Hardy will have to hit the road doing publicity for Mad Max: Fury Road, which opens May 15. David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad, meanwhile, is supposed to start filming in April. So you see, there’s just no time.

So who will replace Hardy? Several top-secret sources told The Wrap that Ayer wants Jake Gyllenhaal, whom Ayer directed in End of Watch. This would give the role an entirely different feel, obviously, but at least it wouldn’t suck. Jake Gyllenhaal is damn good, too.

Stay tuned.

Rumors Suggest Sony and Marvel Have a Deal in Place for Spider-Man to Join the Avengers

Could This Really Happen?

One of the most interesting tidbits to come out of that nasty Sony hack late last year was the possibility of Sony and Marvel working out some sort of deal for Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

No really, that was a real possibility. After the utter disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony put all their Spider-Man plans on hold and started looking for new options. Then they got hacked, and leaked documents confirmed that Marvel wanted to introduce their own non-Andrew Garfield Spider-Man in the next Captain America movie. However, Marvel and Sony couldn’t work out a deal in time, so Marvel moved on and developed a Spidey-free script.

But now there’s a new development. According to Latino Review—who won’t name sources—Sony and Marvel have reached a deal and Spider-Man WILL be in Avengers: Infinity War–Part 1 in 2018.

That’s right, nerds. Try not to hyperventilate.

Frankly, right now I give this rumor a 60-40 chance of coming true. On the one hand, LR has been wrong before. On the other hand, this does make sense for everyone involved. Sony knows it blew Spider-Man. However, Spidey can still make Sony money if they lease him back to Marvel. Meanwhile, while I don’t want to give too much away, the writing on the wall says Marvel is probably going to need a new superstar to lead the Avengers after Age of Ultron and Civil War. Who better than Marvel’s most famous superhero of all time?

Like I said, this is all speculation for now. But we know Sony and Marvel were negotiating before. So if we’re lucky, this really will happen.

James Cameron Pushes ‘Avatar’ Sequel Back a Whole Year

No Blue Cat People Till 2017

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the first sequels to 2009′s Avatar, I’ve got some bad news for you. At an industry event in New Zealand this week, James Cameron officially announced that the first instalment of the new trilogy has been pushed back a year from Christmas 2016 to Christmas 2017.

The reason for the delay is that Cameron hasn’t finished writing the scripts…which means he hasn’t submitted them to the folks over at 20th Century Fox…which means the folks over at 20th Century Fox haven’t been able to establish a budget that would fund pre-production.

So what’s the holdup with the scripts? According to Cameron, writing a triology is hard:

There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film. We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that.

Don’t worry, though. I’m sure Cameron will eventually stumble upon some existing stories and themes he can recycle into a plot for his new Avatar trilogy. He just needs a little more time.

[via EW]

Watch Melissa McCarthy Play a Foul-Mouthed CIA Agent in the Red Band ‘Spy’ Trailer

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Today I had to chose between doing a post about the second Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer or a post about the red band trailer for Spy. And I chose Spy.

It’s not that I think Spy will be a better movie. Comparing this espionage parody to Marvel’s superflick is like comparing apples to oranges. But the “new” Avengers trailer really doesn’t tell us much more than the first one did. Meanwhile, not only is the trailer for Spy is brand spanking new, it’s also pretty funny. A bit clichéd, but funny.

Melissa McCarthy stars as a CIA analyst who finally gets her shot at working in the field alongside agents played by Jude Law and Jason Stratham. There are penis jokes, vagina jokes, sight gags, foul language, and even Rose Byrne—pretty much everything we’ve come to expect from a movie starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat).

My hunch? This movie may bore the critics, but it’s going to make 20th Century Fox a bunch of money.

Spy hits theaters May 22, 2015.