Movies/TV's 3R’s 09.03.13: Ultron Casting, Star Wars 7 Rumors, Dave Chappelle, Matt Damon, More
Posted by John Dotson on 09.03.2013
From James Spader as Ultron in Avengers 2 and rumors of Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel defense and more, 411's John Dotson breaks down the Right, wRong and Ridiculous from the week in Movies/TV!
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From Marvel. We're going to start the 3R's this week with the biggest casting announcement this week, which was the addition of James Spader as Ultron in Avengers 2. I swear I did not see this coming, but I actually love the idea of Spader playing a villain in the next movie. Here is the press release from earlier this week:
"James Spader will face off against Earth's Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel'sAvengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to 2012's record-breaking Marvel's The Avengers. The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers' much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015."
Even though Spader hasn't technically established an A-List career, he usually kills every role he is given. One of the best performances I've seen from him recently was his run on The Office as Robert California. It proved he could bring hardcore charisma and humor to a role. This scene alone had me laughing my ass off.
Godzilla Gains an Oscar Nominated Composer:
It's been a long time since we had Matthew Broderick chase a lizard through the city of Manhattan. I'm willing to bet that most people have long forgotten about that ridiculous version of Godzilla that hit theaters so many years ago. Now, it's almost 2014, and the future is looking very bright for the world's most iconic cinematic monster.
The new film inherited a strong producer in Frank Darabont, who gave us such classics as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. A fresh promising director named Gareth Edwards, who surprised indie crowds with his low budget hit Monsters. Round it out with a solid cast, with names like Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Johnson, and you have a damn fine start to a reboot of Godzilla.
Well, it just keeps getting better for this production, because a multiple Oscar-nominated composer has just signed to score the movie. Film Music Reporter broke the news saying French composer Alexandre Desplat has been hired to write the music for Godzilla. Most people will find his sound recognizable from prestigious efforts such as The Tree of Life, The King's Speech, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 & 2. Pretty strong archive to say the least.
The hiring of Alexandre Desplat says a ton about the quality of the film. Desplat is not a name you usually bring on unless you have a script that requires a certain emotion in a scene. Basically, if '98 Godzilla was the Batman & Robin to the property, then this very well could be Godzilla's much needed version of Batman Begins.
And… in case, you haven't seen it, here is a video of the face of Godzilla at San Diego Comic-Con.
Matt Damon Joins Interstellar:
From Indiewire. Seems like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are in just about every headline this week. Ben Affleck has stirred up the masses by taking on the next incarnation of The Dark Knight, and Damon has had various sources arguing whether or not he will return to the Bourne franchise.
Now, a new headline suggests that Damon himself will most likely work with an old friend of the Batman character. Indiewire has reported that Damon will board Christopher Nolan's next film in a small secretive role. If you think about it though, basically every role in this movie is pretty secretive, so no real surprise. His character is small though, as the news says he will only have two weeks of shooting in Iceland, for a movie that has four months of shooting schedule planned.
I find it interesting how Affleck, Nolan, and Damon are all connected in a way after these last couple of weeks. Nolan exits Batman; Affleck becomes Batman; Damon joins Interstellar. I'd love to be a fly on the wall if they ever had dinner together. Nolan is not one to usually cast such a big name for no reason, so I'm curious to see what he has in mind for Damon. It's going to be awesome to see these guys work together.
Bradley Cooper is Officially Rocket Raccoon:
From Superherohype. I won't spend too much time on this, because I covered it in depth last week. I will say that I'm super-stoked that Cooper is officially the crazy violent Rocket Raccoon. I'm calling it right now, but Rocket will drink Batman's milkshake come next year. This is going to be game changer folks!.
Benedict Cumberbatch Rumored for Star Wars VII:
From Slashfilm. Remember when Cumberbatch left del Toro's Crimson Peak for no reason at all? Well, there might be a legitimate excuse for Cumberbatch walking away after all. Slashfilm is speculating (no real report or confirmation) that the reason why he left the del Toro project so abruptly is to have a chance to take on Star Wars. It's not an unreasonable assumption, given the fact he just did Star Trek with J.J.
Back in May, Cumberbatch did an interview with Total Film, which further validates his interest. Here is the interview:
I've already asked [J.J. Abrams] if I can be a lightsaber and we're in talks – about whirring sounds and the rates for the lights and everything [laughs].
I thought, ‘Yeah, I grew up with them,' and I just looked recently at when they were released and now I'm like, ‘No, I didn't grow up with them, I was born with them.' They were a huge part of my background, and my upbringing.
I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it's immediate storytelling, very simple – a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way – and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo. Everything Harrison Ford did I just thought was the coolest thing ever - Raiders Of The Lost Ark was very much my upbringing as well.
What I realized with the reboot of Star Trek in 2009 is that I had a residual love and empathy for these characters because I felt really, giddily sentimental about them getting back together, and this origin story. So Star Trek seeds a little deeper for most people, it's a little bit more mature – it doesn't take itself too seriously though, it's very humorous and fast-paced and imaginative and fun.
But I think the serious things that really kind of get you… that comes from good characters, really well drawn characters that have fantastically rich relationships and really interesting meat in the stories.
They may be set in space but they dealt with every kind of discussion or morality play, or debate about race or purpose and place and identity, and what it is to belong, and the human condition, and that's its enduring appeal. I'm backtracking a bit but what I'm saying is my fervor for Trek was there, I just didn't realize it. I was an out-and-out kid running around with a lightsaber wanting to fly the Millennium Falcon but I think I'm growing into being a Trekkie, if that makes sense.
I know this is going to cause some hardcore Trekkies to unleash hell on me, BUT I absolutely loved Cumberbatch in the role he was given in Star Trek Into Darkness. Yes, I know the character's origins from the old movie. Yes, I know it didn't appease the old fans. Guess what? I don't care. Cumberbatch was a badass villain and he nailed the intensity. If he wants to join Star Wars also, I think the new trilogy would benefit from the casting greatly. That's assuming it actually will happen at all.
Vin Diesel Originally Met with Marvel for a "Fresh IP":
From The Hollywood ReporterIt's funny how fans can shoot themselves in the foot sometimes. Especially when it comes to needing updates immediately, when they cannot have patience to save their own lives. We've seen this in the past when it comes to significant news events or even major spoilers for films like The Dark Knight Rises.
When Vin Diesel Marvel collaboration announcements started hitting the web, the same event took place. Fans wanted information and they wanted it right away. According to to Diesel himself, that may have killed a potential fresh property that was being setup between Diesel and Marvel for Phase 3.
Here is the statement from Diesel:
What we were initially talking about was a fresh IP [intellectual property], and that was the focus of our conversation — a fresh IP that would come out in 2016 or 2017 and potentially launch the third phase.
The actor then says that they then went to Comic-Con and realized the fans were not ready to wait that long. Which then led to discussions of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.
With my schedule, it was almost impossible to imagine I could do anything immediate. I guess after they watched Iron Giant, or whatever, they came up with this idea of taking the strangest Marvel character -- or the strangest Marvel character that's ever hit film -- and thought what I could do with that with motion capture and with my voice. Now it's just up to my reps to allow that to happen.
The question remains what fresh "intellectual property" did Marvel have in mind to setup with Diesel? And will the overwhelming need for immediate satisfaction from the fanbase kill it off completely now that Diesel is considering Groot?
Here is the video below!
Justin Timberlake Wants to Play The Riddler:
From Variety. One of the more popular topics of controversy this week came from a radio interview with Justin Timberlake. In the discussion, the interviewer asked him if he would ever consider playing Robin. To which Timberlake says:
"Not a chance in hell. I ain't playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie."
Good thing, because we have no aspirations to ever see you in a superhero movie either. However, the conversation switched to the topic of villains, and Timberlake sounded a little more willing to be a bad guy.
"Now, a villain! I'll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funnily enough, is The Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain. The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I'm gonna play crazy, I wanna play proper crazy."
First off, let me just say I actually think Timberlake is a solid actor in the right movie. He did a fantastic job in Black Snake Moan as well as The Social Network. That being said, f**ck no Timberlake. You keep your dirty N-Sync paws off The Riddler! I've already come to terms with Batfleck in the next film. Adding you would just be too much to digest. Don't make me find a rolled up newspaper.
Dave Chappelle Stops Show Because of Hecklers… Again:
From Yahoo. I'm not sure why fans are so rough on the comedian, but it seems as if Chappelle just can't find a break. Every time he does a show, fans just won't let the guy do his routine. Always, yelling "Rick James bitch" and other past Chappelle Show anecdotes. Well, the other day in Connecticut, Chappelle once again was heckled to the point that he wasn't able to perform. Once the heckle started, he then spent the rest of his routine sitting on a bar stool responding to the hecklers.
When an audience member complained, Chappelle responded with "Hey man, I wanted to do a better show, too. It wasn't my fault. Quite noisy in here."
Before he exited the stage he ended the routine by saying:
"I like some of you. I hate some of you. II forgive some of you, but I don't forgive all of you. You guys have totally ruined my chances for running for Congress or something. ... Thank you. Good night."
It's a damn shame a few assholes have to ruin the show for everyone. Here is a man who really is trying to give his fans a routine, and has worked hard on comedic timing, but can't deliver because people want the old shtick. I'm not sure what the solution is, but hecklers are like audience trolls that need to be kicked from every crowd.
Kris and Bruce Jenner Admit to Making a Sex Tape:
After reading the headline and seeing the photo, I bet you were all grateful for hearing this information. Was that the sound of joy knowing these guys have bumped uglies on tape? Nope, it was pure frustration that I now put the image in your heads of these two getting down. Congrats, I just performed "Kardashianception" on you.
Well, apparently Kim isn't the only family member to make a sex tape. This last week, an episode preview hit the web where Kris and Bruce Jenner reveal they have had sex on camera. Funniest part, is the reaction from their children. I'm pretty sure I'd make the same face if it were my folks. Either way, we could have all probably survived the next rapture without knowing this. Just pray to whoever you pray to that no one finds it and leaks it to the web.
Here is the clip below:
The second clip involves Kourtney and Scott trying to re-enact the tape. Yeah, I don't even know what to say about this one.
Zack Snyder Gives Ridiculous Explanation for Collateral Damage in Man of Steel:
From Badass Digest. Depending on who you talk to, Zack Snyder's vision of Superman is either a disaster or an absolute masterpiece. I fall somewhere in between the two, understanding both arguments. Whatever the argument, I think we can all agree that the devastation level in Man of Steel was off-the-charts ridiculous. Why Superman didn't try to take the fight somewhere else where people wouldn't be harmed is definitely a reasonable question.
Well, if you were wondering whether the city of Metropolis was actually evacuated, or if tons of people died, Zack Snyder has finally answered the question. Here is what Snyder said:
"I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don't have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman (who first appeared in ‘Action Comics' in 1938) is probably the closest we get. It's a way of recounting the myth."
I'm not sure if the man was just tired or what but I'm almost certain that mass deaths are disasters in the same language everywhere. Nothing really symbolic about it. Between Goyer and Snyder, we keep getting these rather goofy explanations on why they went so destructive in the finale. Just tell the truth. Warner Brothers demanded more action and you delivered. Next topic.
Matt Damon Talks "Batfleck" and Him Playing Robin:
From Superherohype. With BatfQleck controversy flying across the interwebs, celebrity friends and supporters of the entertainment industry have stuck their neck out to give Ben Affleck defense. One such man has remained quiet up until now about the major casting, and it's about damn time we hear from him.
While doing an interview in India for his film Elysium, Matt Damon--Ben Affleck's best friend and writing partner of Good Will Hunting-- finally had this to say about his friend playing Bruce Wayne.
"I think it will be great! It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it's kind of funny. You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw 'Argo' or 'The Town,' and all the work he's been doing lately, it's way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that... But it's safe to say I won't be Robin."
Part of me finds it humorous how much Damon is downplaying the effort that goes into tackling the caped crusader. That being said, I like the respect he gives to handling the role of Bruce Wayne, which I agree may be where Affleck is going to shine brightest. I love his comments regarding Robin though.
Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway?:
What happens when you collide Whose Line is it Anyway? and Doctor Who? Well, Cartoon Network's new show MAD dares to imagine the smash-up. I believe the episode aired last Sunday, but I provided a video of what the offering is below. Looks humorous to me. Now, if we could just get Wayne Brady to actually appear on Dr. Who.
To be honest guys, I've never seen one single episode of Dr. Who. Am I missing out? My friends keep trying to make me watch it but I haven't succumbed yet.
Anyway, here is the clip below!
Movie/TV 3R's Bonus Round!
No bonus round this time folks! Why? Because it's Labor Day and I'm taking this week off. However, I'll be responding to readers questions, comments, and other stuff next week. If you would like to be included in this next week, either comment below, send me a tweet at @DRockDot, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyway that is it for week 216 of the 3Rs! Thanks for reading!