The Ridiculous Six is continuing to have a contentious week: After several Native American actors reportedly walked off set, some of the extras are now coming to the film's defense. Bonifacio Gurule told KOAT 7 in Albuquerque that of the more than 100 Native American actors hired, "only a few took issue" with the immature jokes that allegedly ranged from calling characters "Beaver Breath" to saying another should (warning: dick joke coming up) put their peepee in someone's teepee. "It's a comedy, not a documentary," Gurule said. Another actor pointed out that the film pokes fun at many different cultures.
Coming to a Disney Channel near you this summer, Descendants will give fairy tale villains and heroes the Rugrats: All Growed Up treatment nobody knew was possible (or necessary). Jafar has a kid, Cruella has a kid, the Evil Queen has a kid, and Maleficent has a kid — where did all these kids come from? — and they're about to go through puberty at the same school, on the nicer side of town. Basically, it's Disney's version of Suicide Squad. Evidently, there will be a lot of magic and jumping. Also, hair dye, which has to make you wonder if Hilary Duff will make an appearance.
Amy Winehouse's relatives are already not fans of the upcoming documentary about the late Grammy Award-winning singer. Winehouse's family has issued a statement to People that calls the movie, which will debut at Cannes next month, unbalanced and incorrect. "It is both misleading and contains some basic untruths," the statement says. "The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy's associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut." Winehouse's relatives also reportedly want to distance themselves from Asif Kapadia's project because they believe it ignores how they and medical professionals tried to help Winehouse. Legal action could be on the table.
It looks like Ryan Reynolds is making good on his promise to deliver a bloody, R-rated Deadpool film after the much-maligned, bastardized version of the character appeared in X-Men Origins. On Saturday, Reynolds tweeted a photo of himself smiling and covered in blood. "Officially halfway through production on and I feel fine," he wrote. "The other guys? notsomuch." This is what awesome looks like.
The reign of Furious 7 continues as The Age of Ultron looms. James Wan’s film topped the American box office again this weekend, pulling in $16-$17 million and bringing its domestic total to around $318 million. But that reign may end soon: Joss Whedon’s incalculably-hyped Avengers 2 has been dominating the foreign box office, winning all 26 of the markets in which it opened so far.
It’s clear that Russell Crowe has poured his heart and soul into the historical romance The Water Diviner, his first feature as a director. If only the film were better. Or if only Crowe brought the same subtlety to his direction that he brings to his performance as Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer mourning his three sons in the wake of World War I. When the film opens, the young men’s deaths — just three of the nearly half million soldiers from the United Kingdom and its dominions, France, and the Ottoman Empire consumed by the meat grinder of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign — are still a raw wound in Joshua and his wife Eliza’s lives. He still reads from a book of fairy tales to three empty beds, five years after the battle. The bodies, we’re told, were never found — three nameless corpses in a battlefield strewn with them.
About a half hour into Brett Morgen’s new documentary Montage of Heck, the camera lingers on a note written in the slanted, scratchy handwriting of a teenage Kurt Cobain. It’s intended for his first girlfriend, Tracy Marander, with whom he lived for a little while in Olympia, Washington, while he was first putting together a band he briefly thought of calling Man Bug or Fecal Matter before finally settling on Nirvana. “Don’t read my diary when I’m gone,” the note says. Then, just below it, in the same script: “When you wake up, please read my diary. Look through my things, and figure me out.” What are we to make of this contradiction? What is its tone? Sarcastic? Playful? Needy? Marander hints that it might be all of the above, but the only person who can really tell us for sure has been gone now for 21 years.
On its surface, The Age of Adaline may look like what might happen if Nicholas Sparks wrote The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But this strange little love story turns out to be the opposite of those Sparks swoon-fests, for better and for worse; in those films, effective, entertaining romance is generally undone by harebrained plotting and tonal mishmash. The Age of Adaline, for its part, delivers the twists and turns of its fantastical plot with elegance and confidence. Here, the weak romance threatens to bring everything down.
M. Night Shyamalan's latest film-slash-chance at redemption, The Visit, has two grandkids visiting their grandparents for a weeklong getaway in Pennsylvania. Fun, except, they get Hansel and Gretel–ed and Paranormal Activity–ed once the clock strikes 9:30 p.m. (I swear that's not a spoiler because that's all in this trailer, and, hey, on top of all that, there'll most likely be a twist to make things really crazy.) The movie comes out September 11, but you can get thoroughly creeped out right here, right now. When you're done, though, please face your fears, and call your grandparents and relatives to make sure they haven't been scratching any walls lately.
Paul Bettany's Vision, at first glance, is going to look like a deer-in-the-headlights badass. "The Vision was fun, I loved playing him. You get to see him born on screen," he said when interviewed on The One Show this week. "He's supremely powerful, and omnipotent, and yet totally naïve in experiencing the world as it comes, and wondering what his purpose is in the world and whether he's going to be a force for good or evil." He also shared a clip with the BBC show, finally giving us a better idea of what his synthezoid character will be like in action. In an interview with Yahoo UK, Bettany added that the Vision will return for future Marvel movies — though a solo film seems unlikely ... for now.
It looks like the Fast and Furious cast won't leave without saying good-bye, after all: Vin Diesel confirmed onstage at CinemaCon Thursday that, thanks to Furious 7 making a busload of money (that bus being perched precariously over a cliff), the long-promised Furious 8 is indeed happening. It even has a release date: April 14, 2017. That continues the every-two-years trend the series has followed since Fast Five — Dom Toretto lives his life a quarter-decade at a time.
In January’s The Boy Next Door, there was an early scene where handsome stalker Noah (Ryan Guzman) presents object-of-his-affection Claire (Jennifer Lopez) with a “first-edition copy” of The Iliad. Audiences guffawed. Foolish Noah, The Iliad was written almost 3,000 years ago! Nice try, you dumb, hunky movie.
Then, in February’s Fifty Shades of Grey, there was an early scene in which handsome stalker Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) presented his object of affection, lip-biting doormat Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), with an entire set of first-edition books. Sure, that was a plot point in the E.L. James novel Fifty Shades was adapted from, but wasn’t it so much more fun to read that moment as a trash-camp homage to The Boy Next Door? 2015 was off to such a rip-roaring, weirdly specific start, where it seemed like every movie sexcapade would first be kicked off by the ceremonial giving and receiving of classics you read in high school.
Variety reports that Riz Ahmed, best known for Nightcrawler, is in talks to play the male lead in Star Wars: Rogue One. At a Star Wars panel held over the last weekend, we learned that the first Star Wars anthology will involve a group of rebel soldiers who plan to steal the Death Star. Felicity Jones has already been cast in a lead role as one of those rebel fighters. And while there are no details yet about his role, Variety says Ahmed will likely play a rebel soldier, too. Ben Mendelsohn will also reportedly play the film's villain. Rogue One is set for 2016.
Update: The Wrap is reporting that The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin is also being discussed for a lead role.
There are a lot of famous people in Black Mass — like Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, and Peter Sarsgaard — but only one who really seems to matter: Johnny Depp. He's back! And people are already talking about an Oscar. Depp plays real-time Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who was also serving as an FBI informant to take down the Italian mafia. The trailer is a scene between Depp and David Harbour about this beautiful goddamn steak they're eating. Can you, cough, pass the water, please?
After playing a lawyer named Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl, Tyler Perry's next role sees him with an equally improbable name: According to Variety, Perry has joined the cast of Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel as scientist Baxter Stockman, creator of a race of robots that hunt the Turtles through the sewers of New York City. TMNT fans know that Stockman eventually becomes an insane cyborg — it's like they say, no Good Deeds goes unpunished.
Just as 1 million monkeys banging on typewriters will eventually produce Hamlet, the dozens of actors who appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron sitting through hours of interminable press junkets will eventually produce some uncomfortable moments. Yesterday we had Robert Downey Jr. walking out of an interview, and today comes footage of Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner joking about Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow being a "slut" and a "whore" — two words you definitely shouldn't say in 2015. It was just offensive enough to cause the internet's misogyny alarms to sound, and Evans and Renner are just beloved enough to inspire legions of defenders. This press tour can't end soon enough.
Did you know that Roseanne Barr came in sixth place in the 2012 presidential election? Despite only making the ballot in three states, the former Roseanne star nabbed 65,000 votes in the general election, and filmmaker Eric Weinrib was along to cover it all. Now Weinrib's turned his footage into a new documentary, Roseanne for President, which follows Barr's campaign through her early efforts to secure the Green Party nomination — she lost to mild-mannered doctor Jill Stein, who seems politely baffled by Roseanne's presence in the race — to her rapturous reception in the Peace and Freedom Party, while also running through Barr's groundbreaking entertainment career. The day after the documentary's premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, we spoke to Roseanne over the phone about her run, the state of American politics, and why she doesn't want people to protest.
Common, like everyone and their mother, has inked a deal for a part in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The movie, which already has the likes of Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith attached, is in production in Toronto, but that apparently means nothing casting-wise. Unfortunately, it's unclear which side of the law Common will be on or whom he'll play. It's also unclear if Common will be featured on the movie's soundtrack — he's into music, you know — because Warner Bros. and David Ayer tease at their own pace, thank you very much. (Which are you more curious about now, though?) If you're not excited by this news, THR adds that Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor and Ben Affleck's Batman might make appearances in SS, too. Speculate away.
Sony has announced plans for its animated, Phil Lord–and–Chris Miller–written-and-produced Spider-Man feature, Variety reports. You might remember mumblings of this project from last fall's Sony hack scandal, but Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman officially dished the news at this year's CinemaCon. Attendees were assured there that the cartoon flick would exist outside the realm of Marvel's forthcoming live-action Spidey projects. The movie is reportedly set to hit theaters July 20, 2018. (This means there will be a lot of Spider-Man movies for this generation of filmgoers, as well as a big workload for this generation of Lords and Millers.) Step one, for the filmmakers, will be perfecting the treatment. (Oh, hey guys ... about that treatment.)
When Marvel started dropping ominous references to "Phase Two" and "Phase Three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most right-thinking people assumed these were simply marketing terms that had nothing to do with anything in the films themselves. But give Kevin Feige a hand: In an interview with CinemaBlend, the MCU head revealed that all the disparate films in phase two — Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man — are united by a common Star Wars reference: "Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one." Feige says the trend started by accident, but he likened the comparison to the most beloved Star Wars film: "Is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back? Not really, but tonally things are a little different [from Phase One]." Feige admitted he was spoiling Ant-Man by spilling the beans, but since ants have six arms each, there will likely be a lot to choose from.
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