TV & Film

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Gets the Honest Movies Trailer Treatment

Honestly not that great a movie.

If there were Academy Awards just for movie trailers, Marty Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street trailer would have cleaned up. Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Song (thanks, Kanye)—the first Wolf of Wall Street trailer was just fantastic. And that got people such as myself pretty excited.

Unfortunately, the actual film proved to be a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, the acting was great, and there were some excellent scenes. But holy Last Temptation of Christ, the thing was three hours long—nay, three fucking hours long. And I don't know about you, but didn't have any illegal narcotics to help me sit through it.

Did I hate Wolf of Wall Street? Not at all. I just didn't love it. And I think the Screen Junkies honest trailer is probably a more accurate representation of the film that the actual trailer.

What do you think?

A ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel: You Asked, Hollywood Listened

For decades, cinephiles from coast to coast have been clamoring for more Doubtfire. You asked, and Hollywood listened.

OK, maybe you weren't really demanding a followup to the 1993 cross-dressing comedy. But you're getting one anyway. Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus are both on board, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum is attached as well.

The original film told the story of a divorced father in his 40's who dressed up as an English nanny in her 60's in order to covertly spend more time with his kids. Will the story of a man in his 60's dressing up like a woman in her 60's pack the same comedic punch? I have no idea. But I do know I'll have a good laugh once the accusations of "Transphobia" start getting thrown around the Internet. How far we've come since 1993! (Source)

The Last ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer Is Here

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On a sad note, we will never see another new full-length X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer. But in happier news, that means the movie is almost here!

This new trailer features a bit more Peter Dinklage than its predecessors, as well as some nice shots of giant killer robots going berserk. Not to mention a great moment where Wolverine sucker-punches a young Beast. All in all, the trailers have me really excited to see the film.

As you probably know, the movie stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Peter Dinklage, among others. But hey, this is the third time I've had to put up an X-Men trailer, so I'm running out of things to say. Listing names is an easy way to hit my word count, OK?

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.

Paul Walker’s Brothers Hired To Fill In For Him On ‘Fast & Furious 7′

When Paul Walker died back in November, he was right in the middle of filming Fast & Furious 7. Thus, whether people wanted to admit it publicly or not, almost immediately everyone started wondering what would happen to the film and the franchise. After all, Walker had filmed the majority of his scenes, but he hadn't filmed everything. Were they going to rewrite the script and kill his character off? Were they going to hire a stunt double and use a computer to add Walker's face? 

Well, as it turns out, the producers have turned to genetics to solve their problem. And no, I don't mean they used a strand of Walker's hair to create a genetically modified clone, a la the storm troopers in Star Wars. I mean they've hired Paul Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody, to fill in. 

The move was announced on the official Fast & Furious 7 Facebook page. Here it is...all 257 words of it:

The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.

Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.

We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.

We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.

We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.

We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.

Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters April 10, 2015.


Channing Tatum Is in Talks to Play Gambit

Channing Tatum is in talks with producer Lauren Shuler Donner to play Gambit in an upcoming X-Men film. That's not just another Internet rumor. This info is coming straight from Tatum himself, who made the following remarks in a post-show interview after the MTV Movie Awards:

I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave… He’s the most un X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who’s like the anti-hero. He’s a thief. He’s not even a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment.

As points out, director Bryan Singer has hinted at an appearance by Gambit in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. So assuming Tatum is not a compulsive liar, the odds that we'll see him in that film seem to be increasing. (Source: Nerd Bastards).

Jerry Bruckheimer Reveals Details For ‘Top Gun 2′—And Oh By The Way, They’re Making ‘Top Gun 2′

Guess what, internet? The Goonies isn't the only 30-year-old movie getting a new sequel some time in the near future. Apparently 80s classics are hot right now, so Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise are finally bringing Maverick back to the big screen for Top Gun 2. 

This project was actually in the works several years ago, but it got put on hold indefinitely when original director Tony Scott committed suicide. However, after Bruckheimer broke up with Disney last year he started going out with Paramount, Top Gun 2 got going again.

So what's the sequel going to look like? Bruckheimer offered up a few details in an interview with The Wrap. Here they are:

Technology has changed, obviously, since we made the first one. So I think we're going to take advantage of what the world is like today with the drones really taking over in a lot of our wars. Is the pilot obsolete? Are those guys, those jet jockeys, are they gone from now? No I don't think so…because you still have to make quick decisions. We're hopefully going to highlight both worlds.

What this means exactly is not clear. Are we going to see Maverick take the controls of some kickass robot fighter jets and bomb the hell out of terrorists? Are we going to see Maverick get back in the cockpit and show the whippersnappers that robots can't take the place of badass jet jockeys? We'll have to wait and see.

To be honest, though, I don't really care what Top Gun 2 is about. As long as they get Kenny Loggins to write the theme song, I'm in.


Benedict Cumberbatch Won’t Be In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

I've heard this rumor so many times that I assumed it must be true. But the Australian website The Iris is quoting Benedict Cumberbatch directly denying that he will be part of the next Star Wars film.

"I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly," Cumberbatch said during a Q&A session at Oz Comic-Con, referring to J.J Abrams who is directing.

This news comes as production on the much anticipated film has already begun. The sequel picks up 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and follows a new group of new characters as well as some old favorites. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford are all said to be attached. But then again, the same was said about Benedict Cumberbatch, so let's not count our womp rats before they hatch. Do womp rats hatch?

The film is currently scheduled for theaters in December of 2015. (Source)