Anyone who knows anything about Kurt Russell- the legendary actor behind classic John Carpenter heroes like Jack Burton, Snake Plissken, and R.J. MacReady- must’ve jumped right out of their seat when it was announced that he would be playing Chris Pratt’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He recently sat down with io9 to discuss his role in the upcoming film and to draw connections between his early work and Pratt’s performances. Russell practically invented the “sometimes heroic/sometimes hilarious cool dude” archetype, so it makes perfect sense that he play “Ego” to Pratt’s “Star-Lord.” Turns out, Russell is just as aware of this as the rest of us. Here’s what he had to say:
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John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.
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The March 31st issue of Entertaiment Weekly will feature three connecting covers which reveal the first official cast photo for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival. In the image, director David Lynch is surrounded by many returning favorites from the original series, including Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, Peggy Lipton, Kyle MacLachlan, James Marshall, Everett McGill, and Wendy Robie. You can check out all three of the connecting covers below:
While remake news is always destined to trigger mixed reactions due to fan investment in the original production, this particular project has a lot going for it. Comic book writer turned screenwriter Ed Brubaker (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Batman: Black and White, an episode of Westworld) has written the script along with Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive, Neon Demons). Lustig will return to the production, serving as a creative producer, along with Refn. John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) is set to direct the project.
The 1995 anime classic, Ghost in the Shell received an “R” rating when it was first released in the United States. Beyond some of the usual triggers which typically warrant such a rating, the general bleak and existential nature of the story make it one that would be difficult to imagine in the format of a mainstream “PG-13” blockbuster. But DreamWorks has a lot riding on the film’s big budget remake, which is due in theaters on March 31st. After much speculation, it has been officially revealed that the MPAA has rated Ghost in the Shell (2017) “PG-13” for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images.”
Fox Studios have been teasing fans with a steady drip of information on its upcoming film, Alien: Covenant over the past few weeks. Anticipation has been high due to the return of Ridley Scott as director and the fact that the film promises to put its famous xenomorphs front and center this time (after 2012’s Prometheus largely avoided them). Today, Fox released a new poster image which reinforces this commitment. Check out the entire image below:
Ghostbusters (2016) earned approximately $128 million at the domestic box office against a budget of $144 million. It picked up an extra $100 million overseas, but it’s safe to say that the film underperformed financially. The film’s performance led to questions and speculation about the future of Ghostbusters-related projects. Fortunately, Ivan Reitman (director of the original two films, and producer of the reboot) has a plan for the future. He recently sat down with io9 to reflect on last year’s project and shed some light on his ideas for the franchise. Here’s what he had to say:
Fans of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower have been clamoring for any information on the upcoming film adaptation they can get their hands on. This morning, King obliged by offered up a brand new teaser poster image on his Facebook account, which has spread across the internet like wildfire:
Check out the entire poster image below:
The Dark Tower is directed by Nikolaj Arcel (director of the original Swedish 2009 version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Katheryn Winnick. It will arrive in theaters on July 28th, 2017. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more developments on The Dark Tower as they break!
Sony announced earlier this week that Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web would hit theaters on October 5th, 2018. Variety now reports that the film has been pushed back two weeks to make way for a different kind of spider. The Girl in the Spider’s Web will now premiere in theaters two weeks later, on October 18th, and the October 5th slot will be filled by a new film featuring one of Spider-Man’s most notorious foes… Venom!
MTV’s Scream television series hasn’t particularly lived up to fan or studio expectations. Season One of the show averaged about 750,000 viewers, and Season Two took a dramatic dip to an average of approximately 380,000 viewers. Originally slated for 14 episodes, Season Two was cut back to 12 and a self-contained Halloween special which aired two months after the season ended. Some thought at the time that this could be the end of the Brandon James storyline that the show continuously promised to wrap up, but loose ends were not tied up and a shortened Season Three was eventually announced. Now, Deadline is reporting that all bets may be off for this upcoming abbreviated season: we may see a new cast and a new story!
Harrison Ford won’t be the only original actor to return to the upcoming film, Blade Runner 2049. Edward James Olmos recently told The Trend Talk Show that he will reprise his iconic role as Gaff in the film! Here’s what he had to say:
“I signed a seven page non-disclosure contract. I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did. I couldn’t talk about it. I couldn’t talk about it to anybody about it. Guess what? This is the first time that I’m telling the whole world, that yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049.”