Movies/TV's 3Rs 09.17.13: Wolverine, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Jimmy Kimmel, More
Posted by John Dotson on 09.17.2013
From Wolverine almost making a cameo in Spider-Man and Sons of Anarchy controversy to a Breaking Bad spin-off, and more, 411's John Dotson breaks down the Right, wRong, and Ridiculous from the week in Movies/TV!
Welcome to Week 218 of The 3 R's for the Movie/TV world.
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Without any further ado, here is...
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Offers Relationship Advice to "Don Jons" :
From Variety. JGL has made an insane career for himself in just a small period of time. He's one of the handful of celebrities I greatly respect in the industry. Especially for the way he handles paparazzi and other douchebag outlets. Which if you haven't seen that video titled "Pictures of Assholes", check it out.
This guy works his ass off though and it shows. Hell, the guy has two starring roles in the next year or so; One being Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and one of which involves a movie he directed and wrote himself called Don Jon. Well, if you don't already know, Gordon-Levitt plays a character who is addicted to porn. While promoting the movie, JGL himself offered some pretty cool words-of-wisdom to other Don Jons out there. Here is the quote:
"If you're not present, if you're not paying attention to the person right in front of you, but instead you're comparing them to these expectations — then you're setting yourself up for disappointment, because the truth is, real life is so much more rich than any two dimensional image, but you'll miss all that nuance if you're busy comparing your life to these fantasies and wishing it was something and trying to get it to be that, rather than approaching with wonder for what it is."
JGL also further elaborated the way technology makes it hard for people to maintain strong connections.
"I'm the last person to ask about mistakes in relationships, but I think the key is always communication and honesty. And if you're not vigilant about trying to practice those, it's tough. Connection is so hard these days with the Internet, with your PDA, and whatever else is going on. There's so many things pulling your attention that you have to really carve out the time to connect with somebody."
So damn true! Even right now as I type this column, it's tough balancing family time on top of trying to entertain you fine people. Not to mention other distractions such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Luckily, I have ADD and have the ability to multitask like a champion.
JGL definitely sounds like an intelligent guy though and has a level head on his shoulders. It's too bad other child stars don't try to follow the same career formula as this guy. However, it might be tougher for others though because they don't have the range or drive. I, myself cannot wait to see his directorial debut Don Jon. If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out below!
Breaking Bad Spin-Off Better Call Saul A Go! :
Ever since last year, many whispers have questioned the possibility of a spin-off of the acclaimed series Breaking Bad. One of which involved either a prequel/sequel of the character played by Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. Well, the sketchy lawyer has now been confirmed to get his very own show soon as Breaking Bad throws in the towel.
Deadline says Sony and AMC have greenlit an hour-long prequel possibly titled Better Call Saul, however, this is not confirmed as of yet. Soon as the deal is sealed with Odenkirk, the series will get a quick order from the television network.
So, if it's a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad, does this mean Saul doesn't survive the series? I've been wondering this since last week when Saul Goodman showed up wearing a pink shirt in the episode To Hajilee. As most people may or may not be familiar with, the color pink is commonly connected to death in the show.
Also, with it being a prequel this opens the door to bringing back old characters, such as Gus Fring, Mike Ehrmantraut, and possibly others. I don't know about you, but I'd love to see Mike return if possible.
Ben Affleck Directing A Television Pilot About Crime in 1960's Boston :
It's not much of a debate to say Ben Affleck is at a very interesting point of his career. Depending on who you talk to, he's either the hardest working filmmaker working today, or the biggest asshole for taking the role of Batman. Regardless of what you think about him, his passion for bringing Boston to the forefront of entertainment hasn't faded.
Affleck has just signed a deal to direct a pilot for the Fox known as The Middle Man, which is described as a crime series set during the 1960′s Boston. Sounds like a perfect fit for ol' Benny boy to me.
The Middle Man is said to "explores the unique relationship between Rudy MacAteer, an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian-American mafia, and his confidential informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood."
This adds another creative project to his already busy schedule for the next couple of years. Affleck is currently directing Live By Night, which is another crime-drama set in Boston. On top of that, he has a starring role in David Fincher's next film Gone Girl. Add in the extreme pressure of handling Batman and you have a guy who has a lot of mainstream potential for the next few years. Let's hope the guy knows what he is doing.
Luc Besson Wants A Sequel to The Fifth Element… Yes please!:
From The Playlist. Say what you want about the 90's but only in that decade could a movie like The Fifth Element truly exist. I'm still convinced this movie and Starship Troopers would never hit the big screen if someone were trying to make them in a present day market. The writing was ballsy, the scope was huge, the sets were elaborate, and not to mention you had Chris Tucker wearing a dress. You pitch that to a studio today and ask for a high budget, and they'll slam the door in your face.
However, The Fifth Element did hit screens and I'm sure many will agree it was unlike any action movie we've seen before. Love it or hate it, Luc Besson brought something original and the closest thing that I believe is a true live-action anime.
Well, in a new interview with The Playlist, Besson discusses frustrations he had making the first film and how if he worked on the sci-fi project today, things would be vastly different.
"I was a little bit frustrated because I made the film right before all the new effects arrived. So when I did the film it was all blue screen, six hours, dots on the wall, takes forever to do one shot. Now, basically, you put the camera on your shoulder and then you run and then you add a couple of dinosaurs and spaceships. And I was so frustrated because it was not so easy at the time. So I always think to myself that I would avenge one day and use all the new tools to do a sci-fi film for sure."
They then asked an interesting question whether the sci-fi movie connects in any way to The Fifth Element.
"I don't know if it would be directly connected but it would be the same area and the same genre. So for me it would be connected even if the stories had nothing to do with each other."
Sounds like he wants to do a movie similar to Ridley Scott's Prometheus, where it connects but has nothing to do with the story-line of Korben Dallas and Leeloo. If he does pursue the project, I'll definitely give it a chance.
What do you think though? Would you watch an indirect sequel to The Fifth Element?
M. Night Video Surfaces: "People Think I'm a Genius in Japan":
From Showbiz 411. Those who know me might be aware of my overwhelming hatred for The Last Airbender. I seriously just can't remember another theatrical experience that pissed me off more. Every second of screen-time I felt dumber for not having walked out. Sadly, it doesn't change the fact that this piece of garbage actually happened. Well, a new video has surfaced of the once promising director M. Night Shyamalan once again trying to convince himself that he's a misunderstood artist. In fact, apparently people in Japan believe this man is a genius.
Watch and prepare yourself to be amazed by the interview below!
And yes, this interview is a few years old, but it just started making the rounds on the web again. It's amazing looking back on this and seeing how clueless this guy was.
In case you can't watch the video, here is a transcript of Shyamalan's response below!
"I don't know what's going on with me and the critics in the United States, I gotta tell you. Something's going on.
They've never got me, and it's getting worse. It's almost like, go away. I also think I'm getting more, you know, influenced by other cultures more, as you could see from the movie. So I'm not doing like a straight-up American movie anymore. The tonalities are changing. I always had a European sensibility to my movies. The pacing is always a little bit off for them, and it feels a little stilted, and they need more electricity and all that stuff.
And I'm like, this is the way I think of things. ‘Cause, you know, Hitchcock and Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick, these are my teachers. So it could be a little bit of that, that there's just a little bit of cultural difference. Just like on this movie, I'm very used to getting on a plane from the U.S., having been savaged by them, and then going to, like in this case, I went to Japan next, and then they're like, "Genius!"
You can lose your mind a little bit, going on Saturday from being an idiot to Sunday being a genius. But it gives you perspective. But luckily for me, it's not something I can fight. It's not my fight to fight. I'm defenseless, it's the audience, if they choose to fight for me, then they fight for me. And they have through my career, and I'm honored to have that relationship with them. And I'll keep fighting for that relationship. And maybe, 20 years from now, I'll get a good review, I'll sit here together, and be like, "I got a good review! Woohoo!"
We can only hope, M. Night.
Channing Tatum Wants to Play Gambit in an X-Men Movie? :
From Total Film. It seems lately that the world has been taken over by Tatum fever. Here is a guy who went from playing sappy teeny bopper romances to joining the Apatow comedy league almost overnight. Even though White House Down wasn't a monumental success, the guy's career is definitely on another level nowadays.
So, would Channing ever consider playing a superhero? Well, he's already playing Lego Superman in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie.. However, in a new interview, the star expresses interest on taking on another hero.
While at a press event for White House Down, Tatum discussed working with Jamie Foxx in a film like The Amazing SpiderMan 2, or possibly becoming a member of The Sinister Six. Tatum said in response, "Hey man, I would love do anything with Jamie, one; two, I haven't really had many superhero movies."
He then elaborated on what hero he would like to play more than becoming a villain.
I would like to play Gambit. Gambit's my favorite. I'm from New Orleans, around that area. My dad's from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real. No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, 'cause I actually like his Gambit, but I've always lived around Cajun people. [...] Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking [guy]. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He's a thief. He kind of rode the line.
I appreciate Channing's enthusiasm but I just don't see it. Then again, most people said the same thing about Heath Ledger as The Joker so… I guess anything is possible. What do you think though? Should Channing Tatum play Gambit?
Check out the interview below!
Wolverine Almost Made A Cameo in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man:
From Huffington Post It seems like nowadays the formula for a box-office success is to make a film with a super ensemble. It's hard to imagine the early 2000s having movies with huge cast like Fast Five, The Avengers, or even The Expendables. Even some future films are becoming super crossover events like Batman Vs. Superman and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
One of the many complaints fans and even cast have made is the fact that some crossovers are impossible due to legal issues. For example, Spidey is over at Sony still, and the X-Men are owned by 2oth Century of Fox.
However, a new interview with Hugh Jackman suggest a crossover between X-Men and Spider-Man properties damn near happened. What prevented it though?
Here is the quote from Jackman:
‘In the first "Spider-Man" — Kevin Feige reminded me of this — we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn't find the suit. The suit was stuck in something. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn't get it together.
So, you know, I actually asked some high level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, "Why not? Why can't we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?" And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid compared to the amount of money Disney paid is very different [laughs]. So how you split that pie up? God knows. But in the comic books, what's great about it is they're just mashing together all the time — and it's awesome. And people are like, "Yeah, well, let's get this one with that!" And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it.
That's really wild that the whole thing was stopped because a costume was missing. Sounds suspicious to me. Whatever the problem, one can only wonder how this one crossover would've impacted the next ten years if it did happen. Too bad it didn't though. That would've been a pleasant surprise a decade ago. Would things be different if Spidey and Wolverine met each other back in the Sam Raimi days?
Sons of Anarchy Season Premiere Controversy:
From Deadline. Depending on your stance, this week's series premiere of Sons of Anarchy is either the best or worst thing to hit television in years. Seriously, I have not seen more bad things happen in ninety minutes for any television show since forever. There was torture porn, death by urine, prostitution, adultery, a man being anal raped, and to cap everything off, the slaughtering of children by a kid with a gun, Needless to say, show-runner Kurt Sutter hit an all-time high of "what the f*ck" moments in one episode.
So, it's not a wonder that the parents of America would flip shit about this whole premiere. I mean seriously, it's not like they have anything better to do, right?
Well, guess what?
You're wrong! This week, the Parents Television Council have decided to take action against the show by approaching Congress on the matter. Check out the statement below:
"The Parents Television Council is calling on its members to contact Congress to express the urgent need for a consumer cable choice solution in response to the violent and sexually graphic premiere of FX's Sons Of Anarchy, which featured a young boy committing a school shooting, simulated rape scenes, torture of women, and a man who was drowned in a bathtub of urine,"
"Think about the parents who have been personally affected by real-life school shootings – even they were forced to contribute to FX on their cable bills. This is an outrage, and the time for consumers to have real choice has come,"
Now, before you jump on me for labeling this as wrong, let me just say I understand tragedies are bad. I sympathize with the victims wholeheartedly of every person that has been through one of these terrible shootings. Let's not say this is the worst thing that has happened on Cable television though. We have a nation right now that is okay with programs about a chemistry teacher cooking meth; Another program The Walking Dead had a lady die by her son shooting her after giving birth; Did I mention Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?
Anyway, Kurt Sutter did respond and it is quite hilarious! Check out what he had to say to the Parents Television Council.
Kurt Sutter responded this afternoon to those who have savaged his Sons of Anarchy season debut over its school shooting scene. That includes the Parents Television Council, which used the FX drama's episode to once again demand that Washington allow consumers to buy networks a la carte. "Obviously there is some blowback today," Sutter said in a webcast on his WTF web page. "The PTC — I would imagine these are not evil people, but they're just not very intelligent or intuitive people. … The fact that these people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying. He suggested the PTC's "simplistic, dangerous view" is "perhaps influenced by certain religious groups and people with other agendas" which, "whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it's just scary, not just on a creative level but on a personal level".
The anti-hero, is a father of young boys of that age, who's trying to protect them from the dangerous component of his outlaw life, and he deals guns. To suggest that piece of his life could not impede and bleed into the other areas of his life and that he'd be able to keep them separate — to me that's irresponsible," Sutter wrote. "These guys turning these guns out on the street, selling them to people, unaware of who's using them and what they're being used for — to suggest that those guns could not fall into the hands of people that were going to hurt other people, including children … that's ignorant … that's almost more irresponsible." Deadline: He said he hoped the episode has "ripped the fucking scab off" in this country, forcing people to "have the conversation again" that they always have in the immediate aftermath of one of these school shootings but then don't follow through on, as the "balm" of time settles over them and they get comfortable and unafraid again.
Well played Sutter! And I completely agree!
Jimmy Kimmel's Twerking Hoax:
Last week, a video went viral of a girl twerking and then causing herself to catch on fire. Priceless right? Well, turns out the whole thing was a hoax setup by none other than Jimmy Kimmel. I shit you not. Kimmel preyed on our weakness of wanting to see people fail at life, which I must admit is rather genius. Perfect timing too considering everyone hasn't recovered from the Miley Cyrus twerk fest at the VMAs. Anyway here is the original video, followed by the video where Jimmy Kimmel reveals the prank! Check it out!
Here is the original video.
And now here is the one with Jimmy Kimmel!
Breaking Bad—UK Style:
From BuzzFeed. I don't usually care for the stuff posted on BuzzFeed, however,, when it involves Breaking Bad my attention is grabbed easier. This I thought was pretty funny. I'm not certain on how realistic it is on the medical stuff in the UK, but if it is factual then Breaking Bad would have been a short story. Anyone out there from the UK know how true this actually is?
Here is the UK version of Breaking Bad!
By the way, did anyone catch Sunday's episode? Most intense episode since The Red Wedding.
Raging Bull Versus Rocky:
I've heard a lot of complaints this week labeling this as a Rocky rehash but I think it looks ridiculously entertaining. I mean come on; we all know we've been waiting for a "Rocky Vs. Raging Bull" movie for years. If they can make three Expendables, they damn sure can make this happen.
Plus, it has a pretty solid cast, and I love the final bit where Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart are going at each other. It's not going to change lives by any means, but hey, it's old people having fun. Just be glad you're not getting another Twilight.