Summer movie season 2018 is upon us, which means hours upon hours of bloated examples of filmmaking by committee- chock full of superhero spandex and market tested “edgy” PG-13 jokes that are sure to get the kids laughing- will soon be stinking up the local multiplex like a truck stop bathroom with no ceiling fan. Rampage kicks off the festivities early after jumping up two weeks on the calendar to avoid the wake of Disney’s guaranteed Tomatometer bonanza, Marvel Movie 19: Thanos is Finally Here! Fortunately, Rampage starts things off right by delivering a decent Dwayne Johnson monster mash that doesn’t take itself too seriously and reinforces the idea that video game adaptations don’t have to be terrible.
The trailer for Brad Peyton’s video game adaptation of Rampage was released today and promises all of the building smashing you remember from Bally’s coin-operated hit.
The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Malin Akerman (The Watchmen), Jake Lacy (HBO’s Girls), and Joe Manganiello (True Blood).
In April, HNN reported on the plot details (as provided by SplashReport.com), stating that “Three canisters…crash land on Earth. One lands in the gorilla enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, the other in the plains of Wyoming and the last one in the Florida Everglades. The Griffin Technologies Group, headed by two siblings (Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy), tries to destroy any evidence of wrongdoing before the government finds out. It’s too late because the canisters have infected a gorilla named George, a wolf in Wyoming and an alligator. They start evolving and growing exponentially. To cover their track, the Griffin idiots decided to unleash a beacon that will make all three large animals head toward one destination: their head office located in the Willis Tower in Chicago.” read more
If The Walking Dead’s Season Seven tag-line was “We’re just Getting Started”, my question is: when is this season going to actually start?
After a brutal first episode (and an even longer “Who Shot J.R.?” cliff hanger to end season six), I thought that the show would begin doing what in the past it did best: making viewers feel connected to Rick Grimes’ “band of brothers” and bringing real drama into the lives of the survivors that allowed for character development and real (not contrived) drama. So far, this season has been one long first episode, hitting the same notes that were abundantly displayed in Season Six’s final episode and this season’s first. read more
In news that should surprise no one, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed during a recent Howard Stern interview that he will be returning as the controversial character, Negan, in Season Eight of AMC’s The Walking Dead. This news was further confirmed in a Yahoo News interview with showrunner, Scott Gimple. In it, Gimple confirms that the show plans to explore Negan’s backstory:
“I do believe yes, it’s in the future. You know, I’m always careful about this, [because] things can absolutely change. There’s a loose plan in place I have.” read more
The Walking Dead super-villain Negan may soon be lugging some new hardware that will make even Lucille jealous. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who portrays the charismatic skull-crusher on the hit AMC series, was nominated for “Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series” for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards. After the nomination was announced, Morgan’s network employers tweeted out their support, complete with a baseball bat emoji.
Since first appearing in the final episode of season 6, Morgan’s character Negan has literally taken the undead world by storm. Bashing brains and taking names (and Daryls), Morgan has portrayed the role with a brilliant sense of charm and cruelty, effectively blurring the lines between the television and comic versions of the Saviors’ leader. The Broadcast Film Critics Association & the Broadcast Television Journalists Association obviously agree, as on November 14th they placed Morgan in the same company as Hollywood heavyweights Ellen Burstyn (House of Cards), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), and Jared Harris (The Crown).
The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air on A&E live on December 11 at 8PM ET (5 PM PT.) Good luck to Mr. Morgan! read more