Movies/TV's 3R’s 09.24.13: Breaking Bad, Avatar 2, Star Wars Casting, Ghost Recon Movie, More
Posted by John Dotson on 09.24.2013
From Breaking Bad ending its run and Schwarzenegger rumored for Avatar 2 to Michael Bay directing Ghost Recon, and more, 411's John Dotson breaks down the Right, wRong, and Ridiculous from the week in Movies/TV!
Welcome to Week 219 of The 3 R's for the Movie/TV world.
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Ben Affleck Finally Talks Batman and Fan Reactions:
Now, we finally hear from the new Batman himself! Affleck was on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the new film Runner Runner. During the interview, Jimmy Fallon ingeniously maneuvered the conversation from a humorous topic about his kids, and then bringing up how the kids feel about him playing Batman. I don't watch Jimmy Fallon often but I have to give the guy major props on the segway.
Once Affleck opened up, he spoke about how excited he was about taking the role, and a humorous bit about Warner Brothers preparing him for the angry reactions. That part alone makes the entire interview worth checking out. He also discusses Zack Snyder's vision for the character is what made him say "yes."
I'm still not sold on Affleck as Batman for my own reasons, but I have to give the guy cool points for being such a good sport about the internet rage. The one good thing I'm hoping spawns from this casting is Affleck potentially directing the next Batman saga. That would kick so much ass.
Anyway, here is the video below!
Tupac Shakur Biopic Finally Happening :
From DeadlineThis news is long overdue, but it's about damn time. Tupac Shakur is finally getting the big-screen treatment he deserves.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is co-financing with Morgan Creek Productions to produce the film titled Tupac about the legendary rap icon. The studios are working off a script from Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, and a new draft is said to be completed in two weeks. Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur is also on-board as a producer, which most likely means she'll be a consultant for the picture as well. The movie is planning for a start date for filming in February 2014, with a production budget of $45 million. The partnering studios also have the rights to use all music from Tupac's catalog to incorporate in the biopic.
Many can praise artists like Jay-Z, Li'l Wayne, and Eminem all they want. Tupac Shakur was a poet unlike any other, and no artist since his time has ever compared to his skill. I have fond memories of when All Eyez On Me was on approach, and California Love hit MTV and radio stations everywhere, and just playing it non-stop. Me Against the World is still one of my all-time favorite rap records. Just such a magnetic laid-back record with intelligently written lyrics. It's taken way too long for this movie to happen, but better late than never, right?
Whoever directs the Tupac Shakur biopic they better do it justice. Now, riddle me this… Who should play Tupac?
Star Wars VII Casting Is Gearing Up! :
Latino-Review. A new name is now being tossed around in the Star Wars VII casting mix. That name my good people is Saoirse Ronan.
I know what you're thinking... I have no idea how to pronounce her name either. What I'm also thinking is what a solid choice for the movie. For those who don't remember, Saoirse Ronan is the actress who played Hannah in the 2011 action-thriller of the same title. She proved she has insanely great screen presence in that film. Especially, with sharing scenes with Oscar-worthy names like Cate Blanchett.
All that is known from this rumor is that the actress possibly read for a certain character. Who that character is we don't know yet. However, Latino-Review also heard whispers of a female Sith in the next film. I'd be game for a female bad guy. For the record though, the site made clear they don't think she read for a villain part. Leia's daughter maybe?
Which leads us to Benedict Cumberbatch.
We've all heard the denials about him joining the movie. The whole buzz started when Cumberbatch exited Del Toro's Crimson Peak for no explainable reason. Even though, his reps insist it has nothing to do with a galaxy far, far away, Latino- Review once again begs the differ saying,
SPOILERS FOR STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS FOLLOW...
HE IS IN THE MOVIE! In fact, he will be in all three Star Wars films! It's all a smoke screen. Folks, remember when Cumberbatch denied being Khan for over a year? Same situation here. At least give us the benefit of the doubt hence why we are bringing this up. Point is, he lied before and he can lie again. Google it. One more time because it is worth repeating, Benedict Cumberbatch will be in the upcoming Star Wars movies.
I so hope he does join the movie! I loved him in Star Trek Into Darkness, and I think his presence would work here also. Fingers crossed!
Everything You Need To Know About Ultron, Provided by IGN:
Whatever happens in the next couple of years, one thing is for certain, Avengers: Age of Ultron is happening and most likely will smash the box-office opening weekend. As most of you readers know, the sequel is bringing in a lesser-known villain to wreak havoc on the heroes. This villain is a hardcore piece of artificial intelligence known as Ultron. I'm sure most of you readers are most likely familiar with the character, as well as his history with the comics. If you aren't, then IGN put together a decent video lesson of everything you need to know about the character below. Check it out!
One more thing. Just tossing a theory out there, but the video brings up a clip they showed at Comic-Con where the Iron Man helmet morphs into Ultron's face. As we know, Hank Pym is not going to be in the movie, so does this mean Tony Stark creates Ultron? Does that also mean Ultron kills Stark? Tell me what you think!.
Lucas Black Returns To Fast 7 And Many More:
From Deadline. The Tokyo Drift actor is re-joining the Fast franchise for the 7th installment in the series. Not only that, but he has a contract for two more movies as well. This means Fast and Furious 8 & 9 are officially in the works.
If you haven't seen the last movie, tread lightly because Spoilers will follow.
This should come as no surprise considering the film ties straight back into the Tokyo Drift story when Han dies. As everyone remembers, at the end of Tokyo Drift, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) makes a cameo appearance at the end of the movie. He then races Sean Boswell–played by Lucas Black– in honor of their late friend Han. Basically, making the last three entries prequels to Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. This now has me curious if he recruits Black in the revenge scheme against Han's killer.
I'm not the biggest fan of Black's character and the southern accent always seemed a bit too much in the movie. Especially since I'm from Texas and I can spot someone who embellishes it when acting. I guess it was inevitable this would happen, but he was my least favorite aspect of Tokyo Drift. In fact, there wasn't much about that film I enjoyed. Here is hoping it is a good decision. If not, there is plenty of other players in the Fast game now.
Michael Bay Now Destroying Video Games… First Victim is Ghost Recon:
From Variety. Michael Bay is most likely moving from action figures to video games. His first victim is Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.
A long time ago, Bay teamed with Ubisoft to develop the popular game series into a cinematic franchise of its own. Up until now, the adaptation still had no screenwriters, or script in the works. Now, screenwriters Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Y:The Last Man, Jericho) have been hired to translate the video game elements into an explosive action picture. Bay was only set to produce the movie, but it appears this might be his next project following Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The premise of Ghost Recon basically sounds like a Seal Team Six situation on steroids. The game focuses on a U.S. Army Special Forces unit that serves as a private executable force for the President. The unit has top-of-the-line technology at their disposal to take down U.S. threats without leaving a shred of evidence. One word… ‘Murrica!
Sounds like the perfect stereotypical Michael Bay picture. He's very famous for incorporating the military with his films, so this should be cake for him. However, I wish he would quit doing movies that require zero intelligence and huge explosions. Well, maybe he will impress me this time. Probably not though. At least I have Pain & Gain and Bad Boys 2
No Terminator for Avatar 2:
From Variety. Fans a few days ago damn near shouted with glee over the rumor that Arnold was reuniting with his old pal, James Cameron. The rumor started with Latino Review, as they suggested the Terminator himself was in discussions to play a villain the upcoming sequel for Avatar.
The site said that Arnold was eyed to play "a bad guy human general," possibly taking over where Stephen Lang failed in the first movie. Sadly, a FOX rep has spoken up and said "no," do not expect Schwarzenegger to appear in the sequel. So, for all those expecting a 20 year reunion between Schwarzenegger and Cameron, I'm sorry to disappoint you guys. We have to wait until "Dances With Smurfs" is over.
Is it bad a small part of me actually wanted this to happen? I appreciated Avatar as a fun spectacle but I felt like I was left wanting more after it was over. Not in a good way either. I think Schwarzenegger could have brought a tremendous energy to the sequel. Plus, this would have brought Cameron's and Schwarzenegger's careers full circle. The first time they worked together, Schwarzenegger was a bad guy in The Terminator. What a perfect way to reunite than to have Arnold terrorize the blue people of Pandora.
Breaking Bad Comes To An END! Dammit!:
I want to take a moment to reflect on one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had watching television. When this Sunday passes, there will be no more Breaking Bad and even though I think everyone involved made the best decision by pulling the trigger on the program while it is hot, it still sucks. For the last few years, I've witnessed that television can be just as groundbreaking as any cinematic theater experience. This is the only show I've ever seen that progressed in intensity, writing, and story each season. Almost like each season was a better sequel than the last one.
That being said, expectations are extremely high, and I have a feeling that no matter what fans, trolls, critics are all going to rip the series finale apart this Sunday. I know Vince Gilligan most likely isn't reading this, but I just want to say, however the Walter White saga ends this Sunday, I'm extremely grateful for the ride you have given us. Bravo people!
Good Will Batman:
We all should've seen this one coming! With Affleck being casted as Batman, someone was bound to make a mash-up of Batman and Good Will Hunting. Well, thank your lucky stars, because it now exist and the collision is ten times more ridiculous than you would expect. Hearing bits of Affleck dialogue combined with the insanity of a Bale gruff Batman voice is way funnier than it should be.
It's not going to please the Affleck haters but it will give them something to laugh about for now. That is, until we actually see what Affleck himself brings to the new incarnation of Batman. Check out the insanity below!
Bill Nye The Science Guy Has Ridiculous Dance Skills:
I don't watch Dancing with the Stars, but it's insane dance numbers like this that almost make me tune-in. This week, the show kicked-off its 17th season, and one of the dance routines that had everyone talking was with Bill Nye. That's right, the science guy. That crazy nerdy guy that my generation grew up watching on PBS showed off some serious skills with a petite blonde. You have to give the guy props also, because he appeared surprisingly comfortable.
Sadly, the performance received the lowest score of the night, which is also a little ridiculous. It's clear that some of the moves were supposed to execute awkwardly because he was embracing the nerdy character. Hell, the song chosen was "Weird Science." How seriously can you take a performance to that song?
Check out the clip of Bill Nye laying down his dancing game below!
Ellen is the New Black:
For those who do not know, I love Orange is the New Black. It's one of those shows that has an energy about it where you can't stop viewing until it's over. Also, the characters within the series are extremely well developed and crafted. This is also probably because it's based on a true story.
Well, in one particular episode, Piper who is played by Taylor Schilling--so hot-- is sent to something called the SHU. However, did you know Ellen Degeneres made a cameo in the same episode. Neither did I but check it out!