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Movies/TV's 3R’s 10.29.13: Captain America, The Daily Show, Fantastic Four, Edward Norton, More
Posted by John Dotson on 10.29.2013

Welcome to Week 223 of The 3 R's for the Movie/TV world.

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  • From ScreenRant.Avengers: Age of Ultron to incorporate the Infinity Gauntlet: Okay, so here it goes... I'm a movie geek, not a comic book geek. So, when I tell you that I had no idea what the Infinity Gauntlet was before reading this story, just do me a solid and don't troll me to hard. That said, after doing some research on the matter, this connection actually makes a ton of sense.

    ScreenRant recently interviewed Kevin Feige this week at a press junket for Thor: The Dark World, and was able to get subtle clues about where all this huge Marvel Phase 3 stuff is heading. With Guardians of the Galaxy hitting next year, Doctor Strange in development, as well as The Inhumans, the question is what galactic finale is Marvel planning? The writer asked Fiege whether small cosmic clues like the Tesseract, Loki's Scepter, and the Thor sequel having a similar object being chased by Malekith, were all leading to a scenario for Thanos to take power of the Infinity Gauntlet, to which Fiege replies:

    "Well, I don't know that I would spell it out that clearly, necessarily, but certainly fans of the comics could surmise that all of this is leading somewhere. That Joss' decision to have Thanos turn around and smile for the audience at the end of ‘Avengers', our reveal, was always the plan."

    Kevin Fiege continues to talk about significant MacGuffins from Avengers and Thor 2, and one specifically that connects into Guardians of the Galaxy. If you don't know what a MacGuffin is, it's a movie term to describe an object/item that everyone in the film is chasing after. For example, Rock'nRolla had everyone going nuts over a painting, or in Pulp Fiction it was a brief case.

    "…And where it goes from there, we'll see… But yes, the MacGuffin of ‘Guardians' certainly plays into MacGuffins of the past."

    As the website says, Fiege very well could be suggesting that the Infinity Gauntlet will take place in Avengers 3. If this is the case, then we have a lot to be excited for when Marvel Phase 3 reaches its dynamic conclusion. In the words of Sam Jackson in Jurassic Park... "Hold onto your butts!"

    What do you think? Would an Avengers 3 Infinity Gauntlet storyline be the ultimate way to end Phase 3 for Marvel? Makes a ton of sense actually!

  • From IGN. Ant-Man was originally pitched as a heist movie! : While talking up all the various plans and ideas the studio has in mind, Fiege slipped some juicy details regarding Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.

    In the video below, Fiege explains that the new film isn't just an Edgar Wright comedy. Feige explains when Wright jumped on board, the fan favorite director originally pitched the idea as a heist film. This isn't too much of a shock considering Wright is known for taking conceptual comedy ideas and going absolutely nuts with them.

    The Ant-Man discussion begins around 3:00 and also has a brief mention of Doctor Strange. Fiege also suggest an official casting announcement should hit before the year is out.

    Here is the video below!

    This is pretty exciting stuff. I really wish all this Marvel stuff was around when I was younger. I had to settle for Power Rangers back then. Yeah, I watched Power Rangers back in the day. No regrets!

  • Watch this epic new Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer : Unless you've been hiding under a rock, then you're probably aware Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit the webs this week. Most of you probably don't know but I wasn't crazy about the first film. I even think it's the weakest of Marvel's output thus far. That said, it was still a decent flick compared to other disastrous comic adaptations.

    Anyway, the new trailer for the sequel has arrived and I'm truly invested. The action looks so much better and the story seems fitting for the series. Check out the sweet Cap trailer below!

    Like I said, appears to be a dynamic improvement over the first film. The threat seems larger and the action pieces seem bigger in scale as well. Part of what made me dislike the first movie was the action was cut together like a montage. Huge missed opportunity to capitalize on some badass World War II fights. Oh and this time, we have Robert Redford playing… Well, Robert Redford. Winter Soldier appears to have a lot more going for it and I hope it delivers.

  • Sherlock Season 3 finally has a premiere date!: At long last, Season 3 of Sherlock has a premiere date scheduled! PBS Masterpiece has unveiled the long awaited date, which is set to kick things off Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET), following the popular BBC series Downtown Abbey. Keep in mind, this is for the U.S. premiere, not the U.K., which is currently still awaiting an announcement.

    This is great news for fans that have been waiting since 2012. WARNING... Spoiler Alert! When the show ended last year, viewers have been biting their nails wanting to know what exactly happened in the last moments of the show. If Sherlock fell to his death, then why was he standing there alive at the end? Finally, we will all have our chance to see what exactly happened. The mystery of Sherlock's amazing survival is planning to be revealed in an episode called "The Empty Hearse." Steven Moffat, the creator of the show says "There really are only a few ways you can fall from a roof and survive. It's not black magic." Curious isn't it? Spoilers End!

    Here is the teaser which aired months back!

  • Watch these videos of Tom Hanks continuing to be the most down to Earth man in Hollywood: I've heard so many people lately troll on Mr. Hanks because of his supposable Oscar-bait performance in Captain Phillips, but let me tell all the haters something. Tom Hanks is one awesome son-of-a-bitch and these videos are living proof of the matter.

    The videos were recorded from months back when Hanks made a Broadway debut in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, but were just recently posted on Youtube. They show Hanks making lucky fan, Sarah Moretti have the greatest moment in her life. Moretti, who suffers from autism, brought a scrapbook which chronicles the actor's entire career. Even Hanks makes a comment that not even his mother has some of the photos Moretti owns.

    They also make a stalkerish comment saying that they both waited outside his gated house crying, and it doesn't even phase him. Hanks remains as pleasant as he can be. If you didn't love Tom Hanks already, this is sure to change your perspective. That said, check this out and share it with any Hollywood douchebag you find on Twitter, and show them a true example of class.

  • Michael B. Jordan to play Johnny Storm… And I bitch at fanboys: From ScreenRant We've been hearing the whispers of this casting for months and now it seems to be heading this direction. According to ScreenRant, Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Fruitvale Station) is almost a guarantee lock for the Human Torch in Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. This should come with little surprise since Jordan played a great part in Josh Trank's Chronicle, which is the same director as the Fantastic Four film coming out next year. That said, it seems to be a done deal just without the official announcement, which is why I headline this story with a question mark.

    Despite Jordan's talent and crazy awesome charisma in his roles, it still seems people want to throw out the race card against the casting. Seriously people? Are we still that dense that we can't wait and see why he was chosen. Some of the arguments being thrown out involve Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Kate Mara all being white actresses in the running for Sue Storm. So how can they possibly be brother and sister? Maybe he's adopted people. Maybe he's a step or half brother to her in the film. Maybe Sue Storm is adopted.

    There is various ways to make this work besides saying "he just cannot be Johnny Storm." In fact, the decision for Jordan is much more interesting for casting than anyone else I can think of. We as a culture need to be more open minded sometimes. Let's just see what the new reboot has in store. It might turn out better than you think.

    What do you think? Is Michael B. Jordan a perfect fit for Johnny Storm?

  • Independence Day 2 has two scripts… One featuring Will Smith and one that doesn't: From Indiewire It's been years since the original blockbuster film Independence Day smashed the box-office. As time has shown, the film has held up pretty well over the years, even in the face of huge technical advance films such as Avatar or even Pacific Rim. That said, audiences still love their Independence Day, so of course it means it's time to consider a sequel.

    The idea of revisiting ID4 has strongly been tossed around for a long time. Just like Ghostbusters and Bill Murray, the one thing that keeps a sequel to Independence Day from happening is Will Smith. The studio wants him, but Will Smith is skeptical to say yes.

    Indiewire caught up with the original director Roland Emmerich to see how progress was going on the new film, to which he conveyed his frustrations saying it's, "a daily battle ... The budget, the schedules, the actors … " however, promising that the film as a whole, "It's looking good." When asked about Smith possibly returning, the director acted a little more stand-offish according to the site. That's until he revealed that James Vanderbilt has two versions of the movie ready to roll. One that includes Will Smith, and one that does not. Emmerich enthusiastically suggest though, "It's looking good [for the version with Smith]."

    Word of two movies has also circled over the past year, saying the next movie would be broken up into two epic parts. Emmerich completely debunked the possibility explaining, "I thought about spending four years of my life on one movie and I didn't want to turn into something from the movie. It's a movie about aliens, I don't want to turn into an alien."

    As I've said in the past, I think manipulating the story to tailor to a star's needs is a bad way to get this ball rolling. Smith himself is no longer willing to be a character actor, which he proved in the story several months ago about why he turned down Django Unchained. Here is that quote from back in March, "Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!" Then here comes spoilers for Django Unchained, "I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!"

    Will Smith was a character actor in Independence Day, not the lead. The series should remain faithful to its roots and focus on making the best character driven sequel possible. If Will Smith doesn't like it, he can go back and make After Earth 2. I'm sure M. Night Shaymalan needs the work.

  • Stan Lee says he deserves to be in Batman Vs. Superman: From TMZStan Lee recently got flagged down by paparazzi and was asked whether he wanted a cameo in 2015's highly anticipated team-up film. Although, he sounds facetious in his response, a part of me has to wonder how serious this guy really is. In his response, not only does Lee want a cameo, he also believes he "deserves it," but his DC rivals won't let him. Well no shit. Really dude? Why would you feel you need a cameo anyway? You're in every major Marvel movie for the next several years. The only thing you deserve is to hand over your billion dollar pay checks to Jack Kirby. Anyway, I digress.

    That said, the one interesting aspect that did come from this interview is the slip that Black Panther is in fact going to happen, which definitely gets me excited. Question is, who will play the character? Michael Jai White? Dijimon Honsou? Name your picks below!

  • Watch this trailer for Contracted, which makes zombies a sexually transmitted disease: Yes, it finally happened! Zombies and STD's have united! What's even crazier is way less sillier than you would think. Yet, still pretty ridiculous. In the new film titled Contracted, a girl has a one night stand with some guy, like most young people do, and accidentally starts becoming a zombie from the inside out. This is a rarity to see the genre think outside the box like this. In fact, one other indie film accomplished new ideas within the genre titled The Battery. I'll provide the trailer for that one below as well. This is also a really cool concept from a genre beginning to suffer from the same old gimmicks. It's a chilling idea that your body could start dying from the inside just from having sex. You thought AIDS was scary. Check out the trailer below!

    Also, here is the trailer for the film I mentioned called The Battery. One of the best indie films I've seen this year!

  • Watch two ridiculous clips from The Daily Show this week: The Daily Show is gaining momentum now that host Jon Stewart is done directing and back to the Comedy Central offices. This week, two segments from the program caught my eye that was solid ridiculous highlights. One in particular involved Aasif Mandvi who interviewed Buncombe County Republican precinct chair Don Yelton about the controversial new voter ID law. What ensues is the best bigotry expose in political comedy since I can't remember. This is one of the greatest reasons why Daily Show needs to exist. To interview oblivious politicians who should not be allowed to speak for us.

    In the interview, Yelton gets asked if he's a racist, which he quickly says "no."… Only to follow it up with ""well, I've been called a bigot before." Just like any real hilarious prejudicial d-bag would do, he adds that one of his best friends is black, only to bitch about the way black culture uses the "n—word" but white people can't. Mandvi hilariously responds with, "You know that we can hear you, right?"

    Don't worry; this asshole was fired after the segment aired. ‘Murrica! Check out the insanity for yourself below!

    Then we have this segment involving "slutty Halloween costumes." You know, because it's not Halloween, unless all the naughty nurses and promiscuous cosplay costumes come out to play. God, I love this time of year! Well, Stewart The Daily Show had his Senior Women's Issues Correspondent Kristen Schaal take a dive into the risqué subject, and boy did she get her hands dirty. She shows off a few cliché examples such as Naughty Nurse, Naughtier Nurse, Sexy Defense Attorney etc…. Before cutting through the foreplay saying, "Ladies, why are you being so coy about this? Why don't we just show everyone what we mean when we put on those sexy kitty carrot nurse costumes, and take things to the obvious next level."

    Then enters a woman dressed as a vagina! Watch the rest below!

  • Jason Momoa will make you his bitch: Most people only know Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones. Others know him from the extremely terrible Conan remake from a few years ago. That said, this guy probably didn't see either one of them. Moral of the story, do not challenge Jason Momoa to a slap fight… ever. In the video below, Radio Birds manager challenges Jason "Beast" Momoa to the old school kid game. Well, the result is hilarious and humiliating for the poor guy all at once. Seriously dude, never test the fierce slap of a Dothraki warlord. The Conan remake might have sucked, but Jason Momoa can still take your milk money. That or pour a melted gold over your screaming body. Just imagine playing thumb wars with this dude.

  • What if Wes Anderson directed a horror movie?: Edward Norton might have starred in the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom, but that won't stop him from poking fun at the material. This weekend's SNL had Eddie parodying the films of Anderson, Halloween style. In the clip below, Norton plays Owen Wilson in the mix of a typical Wes Anderson universe with crazy murderers on the prowl. If Anderson himself directed the movie The Strangers, this would be the result.

    As the trailer says hilariously, from "the twisted mind of Wes Anderson," we get the usual quirky add-ons we come to expect—such as yellow fonts, record players, claymation animals, and much more. Prepare yourself for The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders! Wes Anderson needs to make this movie just because.


  • Adam Mckay wants 2 ridiculous versions of Anchorman 2 in theaters: From Empire. Those who bought the DVD and/or Blu-Ray for the original film will remember a bonus cut of the film titled Wake Up, Ron Burgundy, which involved a whole set of improvised footage that didn't make it to the cutting room floor. The filmmakers spliced it together to create a whole new film that was almost just as funny.

    A new interview with Mckay discusses the possibility of doing the same with Anchorman 2. What brought the conversation to light, was a topic came up about a sequence in the trailer involved a gay man who the team mistakes for having traits of a vampire. Mckay mentions that the scene featuring actor Matthew Stanton has been trimmed from the film already, which Mckay admits is a terrible thing considering their past.

    "He was in 'Talladega Nights' but his scene got cut out. He's a day player from Atlanta and I completely forgot who he was and innocently cast him in this. I thought, that guy's really good and he came up to me like, you don't remember me, do you? He was a fan in 'Talladega Nights' but didn't make the final cut. He's awesome, though."

    Mckay explains that Anchorman 2 will end up being the longest film he's ever done, with a stretched runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. Even with its lengthy cut, the scene was still dropped from the film. However, according to the director, enough footage was cut from the floor to make an entirely separate version of the movie altogether.

    "We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor's working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in theatres for midnight showings. I know that I personally, if I loved a movie and someone told me that, like if Airplane! had been released with all-new jokes, I'd be like, ‘you've got to be fucking kidding me!' I'd see it in a second."

    I wholeheartedly agree! If Mckay and the studio actually had the nerve to make this happen, I'd go watch two visions of the film in a heartbeat. This isn't a likely scenario, but it's a fun idea to toss around at least. If anything, I'm willing to bet the DVD/Blu-Ray release will have it as a bonus feature. Fingers crossed!

    On top of this, we received two different versions of the final trailer this week! Check them out below! Would you watch two different versions of Anchorman 2 in theaters?




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