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Today in Movie Culture: Johnny Depp Surprises Fans as Jack Sparrow at Disneyland, a History of Wonder Woman and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
Surprise Appearance of the Day:
Johnny Depp showed up in person in costume as Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. See more clips of him inside and outside the ride at JoBlo.com.
Just saw Johnny Depp @Disneyland on Pirates of the Caribbean dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow!!! #DeadMenTellNoTales pic.twitter.com/5VW8SpGAIg
— Clay Smitty Plays (@ClaySmittyPlays) April 27, 2017
Meme of the Day:
Now people are using FaceApp on movie characters. Below is an IGN gallery of Star Wars characters made to look happier, older and the opposite sex:
Grand Moff Tarkin really needs to ?? more. #StarWars...Read More
The Last Horror Blog: 'Friday the 13th' Game Readies For Release, 'The Black Gloves' Trailer and More
Friday the 13th game has a release date – If you’re like me, you’ve been eagerly waiting to learn when the guys at Gun Media would finally release their multiplayer Friday the 13th game. Well, wonder no more – and clear your schedule on May 26, because that’s when you’ll be able to don Jason’s iconic hockey mask and start slaughtering camp counselors (or become a camp counselor hoping to survive one of Jason’s infamous rampages…).
Friday the 13th: The Game is slated for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Digital copies will retail for $40, physical for $60.
Here’s the official release date reveal clip.
David Fincher in talks to direct World War Z 2 – In...Read More
It Turns Out Rian Johnson Won't Be Writing For 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
In 2014 Star Wars fans got some bombshell news. J.J. Abrams would not be returning to the franchise after The Force Awakens. Looper director Rian Johnson was taking up the mantle to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. And not only that, but Johnson was also going to write the treatment for Episode IX.
That was encouraging news. Changing director wasn't really huge news considering each film of the original trilogy was directed by someone different. But Johnson's involvement in both VIII and IX made it seem like a grand plan for where the story was going had emerged. Sadly, however, it turns out that's not the case.
There most likely is indeed a grand plan in place (Lucasfilm has an entire division devoted to just keeping track of where Star Wars, from movies to games to...Read More
Kevin Hart to Star in a Remake of 'The Great Outdoors'
The Great Outdoors is one of those movies that's fine for remaking. Although it likely has fans, especially those loyal to its stars Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and screenwriter John Hughes, for the most part it's a forgotten comedy that's almost 30 years old and hasn't aged into certain classic status. There's no use in complaining, then, that there is in fact a remake in the works.
Deadline is reporting that Kevin Hart will star in the new version, which is being rewritten by relative newcomer Randall Green (TV's Billions). It hasn't been revealed whether he'll be filling the part of Candy, who played a man trying to enjoy a lakeside cabin vacation with his family, or Aykroyd, the rude brother-in-law who shows up unannounced with his family...Read More
Blockbuster Will Always Live On Thanks To These Incredibly Thoughtful Parents
Back in 2013 Blockbuster closed 300 of its U.S. stores, effectively ending an era for everyone who grew up on the video rental chain. They didn't go fully out of business, though, nor did they close all of their stores. Blockbuster still exists internationally, and has 13 storefronts in very rural parts of the U.S.
Or, rather, they had 13 U.S. stores. The one located in Sharyland, Texas just closed up shop. This was devastating news to the Zuniga family, who brought their autistic son, Hector Jr., to the store twice a week to rent movies.
Anticipating the dire effect the closing would have on their non-verbal son's routine, the parents bought up the inventory of his favorite movies, a DVD rack, and even a few of the store's signs. They took him to the store on its...Read More
Movie News: Ewan McGregor Eyed for Disney's 'Christopher Robin'; 'Captain America' Director to Helm 'Narnia: The Silver Chair'
Christopher Robin: Ewan McGregor (American Pastoral, above) is in talks to star in Disney's Christopher Robin. The live-action movie tells the story of the boy from Winnie the Pooh, now grown up and with a family and troubles of his own. Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) has been hired to write a new version of the screenplay. Marc Forster (World War Z) is set to direct. [THR]
Narnia: The Silver Chair: Last year we heard that the next installment of The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series about children and a gateway to a magical kingdom would be part of a "brand new franchise." Now Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger; Jurassic Park III, above) has been tapped to direct Narnia: The Silver Chair, based on a script by David Magee (Life of...Read More
David Fincher Inches Closer to Directing 'World War Z' Sequel
Whenever a change occurs in the top executive ranks at movie studios, projects that are in development are reconsidered. Typically, the new boss wants to put his or her own stamp on the studio's output. It's not unusual for projects that have been in development for years to get the boot.
Sometimes, though, it means that a project placed on a back burner by the previous administration gets moved to the front burner. Recently, for example, Jim Gianopulos became the new chairman and CEO at Paramount Pictures, so he's been looking at all the studio's projects to decide which ones to keep and which ones to let go.
As a result of his deliberations, a sequel to World War Z is once again moving forward, according to Variety. Reportedly, Brad Pitt will reprise his role...Read More
Today in Movie Culture: New 'Alien: Covenant' Prologue, FaceApp Gets a Movie-Themed Parody and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
Prologue of the Day:
Ahead of the release of Alien: Covenant, here's a new prologue showing what happened to Elizabeth and David after the end of Prometheus (via /Film):
Alternate Ending of the Day:
How might Star Wars: The Force Awakens have ended more happily? The Unusual Suspect presents a clever mashup with Raiders of the Lost Ark footage:
Cosplay of the Day:
Speaking of Star Wars, awesome Star Wars Celebration cosplay is still coming in, like this trio as high school versions of Han, Leia and Luke doing the Breakfast Club dance (via Fashionably Geek):
Prank of the Day:
Also from Star...Read More
Watch the Full 'Cars 3' Trailer and Check Out the Buzz on the Pixar Sequel
Cars and Cars 2 are Pixar's least acclaimed movies, and they're also among their lowest in terms of box office gross. But they apparently do very well in merchandising, so the studio wants to keep them going. The good thing for us is they're also still trying to make them good enough to meet critics' favor and also do well in theatrical release. That's why the Cars 3 marketing has been interesting to watch.
Disney debuted the first full trailer for the animated sequel today, and it's filled with a lot more emotional character-driven weight than broad and goofy comedy we'd expect to appeal to the series' established fanbase. Previous spots have teased a potentially darker movie yet one that also targets the NASCAR crowd...Read More
Old Will Smith May Fight Young Will Smith In 'Gemini Man'
Hollywood likes to encourage people to dream big. Sometimes, however, those dreams are a little too big. Or, rather, they're a little to technologically complex. That's the realization that hit James Cameron when he first tried to make Avatar back in 1996 only to hit a technological roadblock that would take over a decade to overcome. A similar fate befell Gemini Man, a script Goosebumps screenwriter Darren Lemke wrote for Disney way back in 1997.
Lemke's original idea was about an aging assassin at the tail end of his career who finds himself having to survive an attack from his own clone that happens to be 25 years younger. There was talk of possibly just casting two different people to play the same actor at different ages (something Looper eventually would...Read More