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We still aren't 100% sure when the public will see the first teaser from Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi (next month's Star Wars Celebration seems like a good bet), but in the meantime, it's good to be a Disney shareholder. They were shown some secret footage from the movie during a shareholders meeting with Disney CEO Bob Iger yesterday, and L.A. Times reporter Daniel Miller was on hand to relay descriptions of the footage to those of us who weren't in the room. (Warning: potential spoilers about Rey's family lineage ahead, so tread carefully if you want to go into the movie completely unspoiled.)
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" clip is being screened. But it's a joke, sort of! We just got a few seconds of Rey handing Luke a lightsaber.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
We just saw more "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" footage. In it, Luke asks Rey, "Who are you?" Then we see her deftly handle a lightsaber.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
Also making appearances in "The Last Jedi" footage: Chewbacca, General Leia Organa and Finn.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
One last thing on the "Last Jedi" footage: We saw all sorts of settings -- mountains, oceans, forests, deserts. Look suitably epic, exotic.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
More on "The Last Jedi" clip: We saw a shot of an X-wing wobbling mid-air, under attack inside a giant ship. Looked like a wounded bird.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
More on "The Last Jedi" clip, since ppl are asking: General Leia Organa was onscreen for just a second in military garb and didn't speak.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
A tidbit on "The Last Jedi" footage: In the clip, a character yelled "It's now or never!" Sorry to say I couldn't tell you who screamed it!— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
Confirmed: Luke Skywalker has NOT lost his ability to speak! That's good news for Mark Hamill, who was silent in his one minute of screen time during The Force Awakens. More importantly, though, it seems as if this might hint at Rey not being a secret Skywalker. (If she were, one would assume that Luke would recognize his own daughter.) That's still unconfirmed, because this was obviously shown out of context, but it's certainly enough to speculate about.
I'm excited about all of this — especially the varied locations, which I'm hoping factor into this movie in a big way. What do you all think? I can't wait to see some damn footage from this thing myself!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
Disney Screens STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Footage for Shareholders, and It May Prove Something About Rey's Parents
Samuel L. Jackson has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning. He brought together Earth's Mightiest Heroes and almost died in an assassination attempt, but he bounced back. The last time we saw him was in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the next time we see him in the MCU will be in Avengers: Infinity War.
For some reason, Marvel and director Ryan Coogler didn't find a place for him the Black Panther movie that's currently in production, and Jackson is kinda frustrated about that. The actor was recently a guest on Sirius XM to promote his next film Kong: Skull Island with fellow Marvel actors Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel). When the subject of Black Panther came up Jackson vented his frustration about not being in it:
"I can't go to Wakanda, for some reason. I'm the only black character you've got in the Marvel universe right now, now for some reason when you do a black Marvel movie, I can't show up in Wakanda? Okay, fine. I'll meet him later."
It sounds like he's feeling a little left out, which is completely understandable. At the same time, if they couldn't figure out a proper way to include him that would progress the story, that's understandable as well. I assume that's the reason why Marvel didn't invite him to the Black Panther movie party. But it does seem like there could've been a way to include him.
The movie boasts an impressive cast of actors that includes Chadwick Bosman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, and Sterling K. Brown (This is Us). That's a cast any actor would want work with and be a part of!
It'll be interesting to see how the role of Nick Fury will evolve and play out as the MCU continues. I don't know how much longer Jackson plans on playing him, but when he does eventually retire from the role I wonder how Marvel will handle it.
Black Panther is set to hit theaters on February 16th, 2018.
Samuel L. Jackson Is Frustrated That He's Not in Marvel's BLACK PANTHER Movie
Here's the first red-band trailer for Rough Night, a comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, and Broad City's Ilana Glazer. The film previously had the title Move That Body, and you'll see why fairly quickly into the trailer: the story centers on a bachelorette party that accidentally kills a male stripper, and things go from bad to worse after that as the night spirals out of their control.
It's nice to see Johansson let loose in a mainstream comedy like this, because that's something she's never really had the opportunity to do before. And I'll be interested to see how Kate McKinnon handles that Aussie accent over the course of an entire movie. It's appropriate that this trailer is debuting on International Women's Day, considering we see movies like this with guys at the forefront all the time. Why not give the ladies a go?
Rough Night is written by Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs and is directed by Aniello, and it hits theaters on June 16.
ROUGH NIGHT Red-Band Trailer: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and More Kill a Stripper
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CONAN EXILES Removes Schlongs From Xbox Version Per Microsoft Request
In anticipation of the return of Samurai Jack this Saturday, Adult Swim is currently airing the entirety of Samurai Jack online right now! I'm not sure where they currently are in the series, but if you want to hop in the livestream, click here. There's also a chat where you can discuss the show with fans, and show creator Genndy Tartakovsky will be hosting a Q&A this Saturday at 10 pm ET ahead of the premiere.
Be sure to check it out! I haven't seen this show in years and am amazed at how well it holds up! Also be sure to check out the site Friday for my review of the new series based on the first couple episodes!
Adult Swim Livestreaming SAMURAI JACK Ahead of New Season
This week on Why Am I Laughing, Ben and RJ talk about Bob’s Burgers; the animated sitcom that serves its jokes WELL DONE. So grab your Casio keyboard and farting megaphone and head on down to your favorite burger joint — this podcast will give you dinner and a show...Listen on PodTyrant
Why Am I Laughing? Ep. 26 — Why Is BOB'S BURGERS Funny?
Jurassic World 2 director JA Bayona was excited to release the first photo from the film on Twitter, and it gives us a look a little girl standing in what looks to be a museum or private collection of dinosaur skeletons. The mystery girl is looking at what seems to be the head of a Triceratops. At least that's what I think it is, I'm not a paleontologist.
Regardless, it's an intriguing image that's enough to perk my interest and excitement a bit for what's to come. I have no idea who the girl is or what role she plays in the film, but since she graces the first image that was released for the film, I imagine she'll have a main role.
There are no story details yet, but we know that bigger and more suspenseful and scary than the first movie. The film stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as well as newcomers Toby Jones, James Cromwell, and Get Down star Justice Smith. Jurassic World 2 opens in theaters on June 22, 2018.
Intriguing First Photo Released for JURASSIC WORLD 2 Teases a Mystery Girl
I've got another trailer to share with you for the adventure thriller, The Lost City of Z, which is based on the true story of Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), a soldier and explorer who in the 1920s disappeared while looking for a mythical city of an advanced civilization in the Amazon jungle of Brazil.
I've been fascinated by this story since I first read about Fawcett in high school, and it's awesome that we are going to get a film based on that story. It looks great, and I'm a fan of all the actors involved with it, including Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, and Robert Pattinson.
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, THE LOST CITY OF Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and obsession, told in James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, THE LOST CITY OF Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and those individuals driven to achieve greatness at any cost.
The Lost City of Z opens in NY and LA on April 14, 2017 and then gets an expanded wide release the following week on April 21.
New Trailer for the True Story Adventure Film THE LOST CITY OF Z
If you've been enjoying Mark Hamill reading Donald Trump's tweets as The Joker, you're gonna love this one. Whether you support Trump or not, you've gotta admit that these "Trumpster" recordings that Hamill has been releasing are great! Here's what Hamill reads in his legendary Joker voice:
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism! Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wiretapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A new low! I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election! How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process? This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
You could probably take many of Trump's tweets and write a script for a standalone Joker film out of them.
Mark Hamill Is Back as The Joker as He Reads Donald Trumps Wiretap Tweet
With director Jordan Vogt-Roberts making the press rounds for his new film Kong: Skull Island, he's being asked a lot about his feature film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. He's already given a couple interviews that have given me hope that he's the right director for the job and that he's going to give fans of the game a kickass movie.
In an interview with IGN, he talks more about the film and says that "there's no world" in which he directs a Metal Gear Solid movie that doesn't include Gray Fox, a.k.a. Cyborg Ninja. He explains:
"When we were sitting down to think about the script at a certain point it was like, 'Is Cyborg Ninja in this movie or not?' And the part of me that was a little kid was like, 'There's no world in which I'm ever going to make a Metal Gear movie that Cyborg Ninja is not going to be in.' It's really easy to be like, 'It's a good character to save for the second one,' but no, no, no."
He also reveals that he's a big fan of the beautiful and deadly Sniper Wolf and there's a good chance that she could be included in the movie as well. These are two great characters, and it will be cool to see them brought to life. I wonder if he has anyone in mind to play any of these characters in the film.
There's also a chance that the film will break the fourth wall. Anyone who has played the game, knows that Psycho Mantis breaks the fourth wall in the game. The director is definitely considering that for the movie and says:
"I actually do think that considering breaking the fourth wall is an important part of potentially what that movie would be. Finding a way to do that in an interesting way. I think things like Deadpool have actually shown that you can play with that conceit these days.
"To me, the fourth wall breaking is a little less important than the walking philosophies and ideologies those characters represent, and getting that right and the tone right and things like that. If breaking the fourth wall makes sense, I'm all for it, [but] I'm more interested in the 'Kojima conversations' about whatever song came out then or whatever - it's that stuff that it just absolutely needs."
When previously talking about his goal for Metal Gear Solid, Vogt-Roberts explained:
"To me Metal Gear Solid is not just a great video game. Like I said I think it’s a great story. I think it’s a great story and a work of art. And a great like singular voice on this planet in terms of media. So my goal right now is to sort of work and make sure that we’re having the best version of that. So that fans and everyone can sort of experience the brilliance of [Metal Gear creator Hideo] Kojima’s work."
I really hope he can actually pull this movie off! As for what Hideo Kojima thinks of Vogt-Roberts as a director, he saw Kong: Skull Island, and this was his reaction on Twitter:
METAL GEAR SOLID Movie Director Talks Cyborg Ninja, Sniper Wolf, and Breaking the Fourth Wall
If you're into blood, gore, and weird low-budget sci-fi horror movies, there's anthology film that might appeal to you. It's called Galaxy of Horrors and it features eight crazy short films from a range of different directors. Here's a brief synopsis:
Trapped in a damaged cryogenic pod, a man is forced to watch a series of horrific science-fiction tales while his life support systems run out. Featuring eight intense stories of the unknown and otherworldly, equally wonderful and terrifying. Curated from Rue Morgue & Unstable Gro
It looks like it could be a fun movie to watch with a party during the Halloween season. It's currently available to watch on VOD and will later be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 2nd.
The directors involved with the anthology project include Todd Cobery, Javier Chillon, Richard Karpala, Andrew Desmond, Benni Diez, Marinko Spahic, Dennis Cabella, Marcello Ercole, Fabio Prati, Antonio Padovan, and Ethan Shaftel with a wrap-around story, directed by co-producer Justin McConnell, that ties the film together.
As someone who enjoys watching horror anthologies and short films, I'm hoping this turns out to be something I'll enjoy watching.
Gore Filled Red-Band Trailer for the Horror/Sci-Fi Anthology Film GALAXY OF HORRORS
Director Michael Mann is revving the engines on his film project Ferrari again, and he's looking to cast Hugh Jackman, hot off the success of Logan, and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) in the leads. The two actors are currently in talks to join the project, and if they do join, Jackman will take on the role of Enzo Ferrari and Rapace will play his estranged wife, Linda.
According to Deadline, the relationship between these two characters plays a big part of the story that Mann is setting out to tell, that relationship is described as being "as fiery and combustible as the race cars that Ferrari designed."
There's a long history behind this Ferrari film project which Mann started developing 17 years ago with the late director Sydney Pollack. Christian Bale was most recently set to star in the movie, but he decided to drop out due to health concerns after he started putting on weight.
The film is based on the book, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferarri, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baimes and is said to tell the "true automotive story." It was previously reported that the movie would be called Go Like Hell.
The story is set in 1957, “a year where passion, failure, success and death and life all collided in Ferrari’s battle for supremacy against rival Maserati."
This seems like it will be another great role for Jackman to take on. It sounds like he's going to have to gain weight for the role, and it's going to be weird seeing Jackman in a film where his not in shape and completely ripped. I'm sure he'll enjoy eating real food again after having to keep on a strict diet for Wolverine.
Here’s the synopsis of the book that the film is based on:
By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.
"Go Like Hell" tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.
"Go Like Hell" transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.
This is gonna make for a great movie. I've always like Mann's directing style, and I'm sure he's going to do something great with this one.
Hugh Jackman to Star in Director Michael Mann's FERRARI
I'm sure there are a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there who would love to see a revival of the series. Even one of the producers on the original series is still hoping that it happens someday. THR recently talked to producer Gail Berman about the show's legacy and the conversation turned to talk of a revival. All Berman is waiting for is a call from creator Joss Whedon. Here's what she had to say:
"I would be really happy to get the call from Joss. I have my own thoughts of what it would look like, but my own thoughts are not important. It would be what he thought. I will always let everyone know this is all about Joss. I did everything I knew on how to to be supportive of that, but the stories, the direction, the writing and the tale telling, that's all Joss.
"Joss is so adaptable. You saw what he did digitally with Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog [which he conceived, self-financed and self-distributed as a web series during the 2007-08 WGA strike]. He knows where his audience is. He knows where to find them. By the way, they know where to find him. He was communicating with his audience right away. He didn't hide. No one was doing that."
It's hard to imagine Whedon going back to do a Buffy revival, but you never know... anything can happen. I think it's fine if it never happens, but if it does, of course, I'm going to watch it! What crazy is that no one expected the series to be such a big hit in the first place. Berman goes on to say:
"It was an interesting time because the show started to become part of popular culture and I'm not sure that anybody initially involved with it, certainly not [producers] 20th Century Fox Television or Warner Bros. were sure where this was headed. Individuals inside these companies who really had their finger on the pulse of trying to do something new and different, they knew. Susanne, Jordan and [current Warner Bros. Television president and former head of 20th TV] Peter Roth were major components. When it all started, I don't think anybody knew what this would turn into. Remember, we didn't get picked up! The pilot did not get ordered! But Susanne and Jordan were convinced they could get it picked up for midseason. And they did. They understood we were doing something new and young. Joss' voice was speaking generationally."
When asked about what Whedon's stories in the series impacted her the most she shared the following story:
"When I heard the story of the "invisible girl" [from season one's 11th episode, "Out of Mind, Out of Sight,"] that's something I could understand, very well. It was my favorite early story because I totally understood that a girl who felt invisible and no one paid attention to would ultimately become, invisible. There was just so much pain and anger in that story. It was so impactful to me. And the invisible girl was named after my assistant Marcy Ross, who is now the president of [production company] Skydance Television (Netflix's Grace and Frankie). Marcy and I are probably the only ones who would say that's our favorite episode, but there's a real reason for it."
One other fun piece of trivia that Berman revealed was that Sarah Michelle Gellar was originally being eyed for the role of Cordelia. I'm sure glad they didn't go that route! She was perfect as Buffy.
The entire interview is pretty lengthy, but it's worth reading if you're a fan of the series. In case you missed what Whedon had to say about the series and what he's most proud of, click here. Whedon's schedule seems a bit more flexible now that he's not making one Marvel film after another. Who knows, maybe he'll find time to do a revival eventually. Is that something you'd want to see happen?
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Producer Gail Berman Wants a Series Revival, Says No One Expected It to Be a Hit
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The Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of Mortal Engines, the four book YA series by Philip Reeve, has just moved a little closer to production by casting Stephen Lang, Jihae, and Leila George to join the film alongside the previously cast star, Robert Sheehan.
Christian Rivers is directing the film and has so far filled the cast with relative unknowns. (Lang excepted, of course. He is basically the opposite of an unknown. He is a Hey! It’s That Guy.) Jihae is a Korean singer and actress who was in the National Geographic project Mars, and George has only been seen in the vampiric remake of the classic Lifetime movie Mother, May I sleep With Danger?
The book series is set “in a future world devastated ecologically and technologically and where certain cities including London are run by engines and move about the Earth, giving them the ability to prey on other smaller towns for resources. The story centers on a teen named Tom Natsworthy who, along with a young woman from a territory known as the Outlands, uncovers a mystery that could change the world order.”
Sheehan, who was one of my favorite parts of Misfits, will play Natsworthy, while Lang’s role is a secret. I would guess that he is playing some sort of badass authority figure, though. George’s character is Katharine Valentine, “the daughter of one of the most powerful men in London society and one who is trying to get his hands on a weapon of mass destruction.” Jihae will be Anna Fang, “a member of the violent league that fights against the mobile cities.”
This project sounds like it could be great or like it could be just another forgettable teen dystopia. I’m hoping it’s the former.
Stephen Lang and More Join Peter Jackson's MORTAL ENGINES
Damn! The Fate of the Furious looks like it's going to be the most ridiculously over-the-top film in the Fast and Furious franchise yet! The latest trailer that Universal Pictures has released is packed full of high-octane action-packed footage and also offers more details on Charlize Theron's villainous plans, like the fact that she has the technology to control every car in the city! We still don't know why Vin Diesel's Dom has gone rouge, but it doesn't seem like he really has a choice. This is gonna be a fun movie to watch.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
The cast for the film also includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren.
The Fate of the Furious is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton). It opens in theaters April 14, 2017.
New Trailer for THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Shows This Is the Most Over-the-Top Film in the Franchise Yet
The second part of the story trailer for Injustice 2 is here, and it looks like The Regime is on the rise again. We begin with Superman behind bars, which is weird because I feel..read more on GameTyrant
New Story Trailer For INJUSTICE 2 Shows Where The Line Is Drawn
Yesterday we were treated to our first look at Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok that you can check out here and here. I loved what I saw and that it looks different from anything we've seen before in the franchise. Thanks to EW, we now have some actual plot details to share with you for the Taika Waititi-directed movie. Here's what they say:
When we last saw Thor, he was flying off to figure out who was manipulating the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron. Eventually, he hears rumblings of trouble in Asgard: His evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), has been impersonating their missing father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Loki’s rather lax governing leads to the reemergence of an imprisoned Hela (Cate Blanchett). Thor’s initial encounter with Hela gets him blasted to Sakaar, a barbaric planet ruled by the charming but nefarious Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tough, hard-drinking warrior hiding out on Sakaar brings the god to the Grandmaster. Thor is then forced into becoming a gladiator, which leads to his haircut and the loss of his trusty hammer."
When talking about the Valkyrie, Chris Hemsworth says, "Thor is a bit of a fanboy for the Valkyrie, the elite women warriors." When it comes to the loss of his hammer, as we saw in the recently revealed EW cover photo, he'll be wielding two badass swords.
The report goes on to say that Sakaar's most popular and successful gladiator is Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk. As many of you already know, this is part of the main plot of the Planet Hulk comic series. About his character, Mark Ruffalo says:
“He’s much more of a character than the green rage machine you’ve seen in the Avengers movies. He’s got a swagger. He’s like a god.”
Thor and Hulk will unite on the planet of Sakaar and from there they will embark on an adventure filled cosmic road trip together. The story is said to draw inspiration from movies like 48 HRS., Withnail and I, and even Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
One of the things that the director wanted to highlight and utilize in the film is Hemsworth's comedic flare. Waititi says, "He’s so good and underutilized in that department. He’s legitimately one of the funniest things in this film." This is something that I'm actually looking forward to seeing in the film.
It's also revealed that that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, who Thor met with in the post-credits scene for Doctor Strange, will help the Thor find Odin. This is one of the few parts in the story that takes place on Earth. Waititi goes on to say that Thor: Ragnarok will reinvent the franchise:
“A lot of what we’re doing with the film is, in a way, kind of dismantling and destroying the old idea and rebuilding it in a new way that’s fresh. Everyone’s got a slightly new take on their characters, so in that way, it feels like [this is] the first Thor."
That's actually a really interesting comment. I actually liked the first two Thor films, but it sounds like this one is going to be the one that actually blows fans away.
Of course, the film will also help set up the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The movie comes out on November 3rd, and I can't wait to see our first footage from it! This movie sounds like it's going to be an absolute blast!
New Detailed Plot Information For THOR: RAGNAROK Revealed!
I recently had the opportunity to attend a press conference for Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. I took my daughter to see the film beforehand and I thought it was great! I'll have a review up on the site for it prior to the film's release. In the meantime, I've got a few things to share with you involving the cast of the film and the characters they play.
Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, and Josh Gad were all in attendance, and while there that talked about the characters they play in the film and share stories from the set of the film. Gad definitely had the funniest story out of all of them and it involves the anti-semitic horse he had to work with in the film.
Before we get to that, though, Watson talked about her version of Belle and modernizing her for a new generation of young girls:
"You know, it’s just a start. I mean, it’s really remarkable to play someone that I’m almost sure had an influence on the woman that I have become. I think the first time I saw Paige O’Hara sing Belle (Reprise), you know, it’s kind of the I want song of all I want songs. And I just immediately resonated with her. I mean, I was so young I didn’t even know what I was tapping into but there was something about that spirit, there was something about that energy that I just knew she was my champion. And I think when I knew I was taking on this role, I wanted to make sure that I was championing that same spirit, those same values, that same young woman that made me a part of who I am today. And so, you know, every time we would address a new scene that Bill or Steve or Evan had put together, you know, I just kind of went, I just always had the original DNA of that woman in mind, you know, and I had my fists up, you know, I was ready to fight because she was so crucial for me. And you know, it was just taking what was already there and just expanding it. And I love that in our version Belle is not only kind of awed and doesn’t fit in, and you know, you see her reading, and you see her not really a part of the community. In our film she’s actually an activist within her own community. She’s teaching other young girls who are part of the village to read, and you know, moments like that where you could see her expanding beyond just her own little world and trying to kind of grow it, I loved that, and yeah, that was amazing to get to do."
Watson did a fantastic job in the film and I loved her portrayal of Belle. Stevens talked about bring the Beast to life and what he physically had to endure, especially with his big dance number with Belle:
"Well, it was a very physical engagement, I think just to support that muscle suit on stilts was a challenge that I’d never really encountered before. I’ve definitely been taking a more physical approach to my roles in the last few years and just training myself in different ways. I think with the backstory we decided that the prince before he was the Beast was a dancer, that he loved to dance, and so I trained myself like a dancer and learned three quite different dances for this movie... there was a lot of work dancing in stilts. And getting to know Emma, first and foremost, on the dance floor was probably, you know, I think it’s a great way to get to know your costar, and I’m going to try and do with every movie I do now, whether there’s a waltz in the movie or not. But no, I mean the trust that Emma had to place in me that I wouldn’t break her toes, and also it really became part of the, you know, that sort of crucial part of the title really, the 'and the' bit, you know, and that’s sort of the essence of a waltz being two people in this whirlwind, you know, and learning about choreography really, the storytelling through dance, not just getting up and dancing but actually, you know, really – really telling a very crucial part of the story in that big turning point. So yes, lots of physicality."
That definitely sounds like it would have amusingly difficult for any actor. The conversation then turned to Evans, who was asked about Gaston and how he's a villain that doesn't think of himself as the villain. In this case, Gaston thinks he's a hero and the actor explained how he approached playing the character:
"Well, I just think a villain shouldn’t start out as the bad guy. A villain should end up being the bad guy, and I think with Gaston, outwardly, you know, to a lot of people in that village, he is the hero. He’s a bit of a stud, you know. He’s got the hair, he’s got the looks, he’s always impeccably dressed, not a bad singing voice. He’s got a great pal who makes everybody, you know, support him and sing about him. And I wanted the audience to – in a way, I just thought, let’s make them like him a little bit first, so that when the cracks start to appear, which they do very subtly, even from the door slam, you know, there’s something inside of him that he’s like, I’m not used to this, this isn’t how it goes, you know, this is not what she’s supposed to be doing. And although he keeps believing that Belle will change her mind, that’s where the cracks appear in my thought process and then slowly, you know, the jealousy takes over, and who he becomes, especially Gaston as opposed to other Disney villains, he has no book of spells, he has no magic powers. He’s a human being, and he uses his status within that village to rouse a crowd and he does it all from just being himself, which is quite terrifying in a way. So I played on that, I played on the humanity of the character as much as he is larger than life. There was a lot to pull on, and obviously he was a war hero of sorts, we decided, didn’t we, Bill, from the past. That’s why his murals are all over the pub that he drinks in. And there is a slight soldier, this animalistic soldier, in him when he finally fights the Beast on the rooftops. You see this man out for blood, and it’s a scary moment to see the arc of somebody who was the loveable buffoon of the village to become the Beast almost, the monster."
Gaston was my favorite character in the film. Evans played him perfectly. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting that from him. Finally, Gad talked about his horrible horse experience and explained why the horse he used in the film was an ant-Semite, saying:
"Well, I’m going to get comfortable for this. So it’s interesting. I learned a couple of great lessons on this movie, one of which is that Jews don’t belong on horses. Specifically overweight Jews. My horse was an anti-Semite, and he interestingly enough they would call action, and the horse that they told me was trained for this movie but I believe they found in the wilds of England... So Luke and I are walking into the village on our horses, and on action all our horses need to do is walk side by side, it’s so simple. Luke’s horse does it. The two of them worked on The Hobbit together, Three Musketeers, have this incredible background."
He goes on to share his nightmarish horse experience saying:
"Mine is a cold-blooded killer. And he proceeded to moonwalk, he walked backwards. Then, he ran through multiple extras in the village, ran around – I didn’t even know it was possible – but ran through these like pillars around, up and back again. I heard 'cut' and I heard laughing, and the laughter was coming from the horse’s trainer, and he came up to me and he goes, 'I’m so sorry. I’ve never seen this happen before.'And it was so sad. It made me feel so awful about myself. Ironically, my horse’s name was Buddy. That is a true story. He’s nobody’s buddy. I’m begging Disney to press charges against him, and I’ve told my agents to never send me another script with a horse in it again."
If there is ever a Beauty and the Beast sequel, Gad says he'll be driving a DeLorean. That comment got the biggest laugh of the press conference. Beauty and the Beast is set to be released on March 17th, and I think fans of the original are going to love it.
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He also wrote and directed the wonderful horror film The Cabin in the Woods. He hasn't directed anything since, which is a shame because the guy proved that he has a talent for it. Well, he's finally landed a new feature film directing gig!
20th Century Fox just bought a spec script that he wrote for a film called Bad Times At The El Royale. He will write the script and direct the original project. Unfortunately, at this time there are no plot details. The only thing we have to go on is the title.
I'm just happy to see that Goddard will be directing his second feature film! I've been waiting to see what he would do next, and I can't wait to see what he's got cooking with Bad Times At The El Royale. It's a fun title, so it should be a fun flick!
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