In October this year audiences will get to watch a group of quadragenarians knock themselves unconscious, fire themselves out of cannons and lose their teeth as the Jackass crew re-assemble one last time for Jackass Forever.
As demonstrated in the trailer below it looks like more of the same from the original Knoxville gang with the exception of Ryan Dunn who was tragically killed in 2011, Bam Margera who was fired from the production earlier this year and comedian Rip Taylor who died in 2019.
The biggest question on everyone’s lips right now is what exactly is Johnny Knoxville made of. Kevlar?
Just as we, in the UK, enter into Lockdown 2: Electric Boogaloo and thoughts turn to the possibility of 2021 becoming as much as a write-off as 2020, Netflix saves the day by announcing their forthcoming slate of films and series for the year, ensuring that we can at least remain entertained whilst simultaneously losing the will to live.
A new film each week is what the streaming service is promising subscribers and during their full-slate announcement yesterday it’s hard not to be impressed with what they have to offer. Attempting to go one better than Disney’s Investor Day announcement, where a plethora of Star Wars and Marvel riches were unveiled, Netflix revealed that they have 70 films, including 52 English language live-action films, 10 non-English language films, and eight animated features for 2021.
Highlights include movies featuring Leonardo Di Caprio, Gal Gadot, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Amy Adams, Ryan Reynolds, Halle Berry and Chris Hemsworth from acclaimed directors including Jane Campion, Paolo Sorrentino and Adam McKay.
The single most appealing element of Bob Odenkirk, as an actor, is that he plays the subdued everyman to perfection. Fans of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad know this but outside of Vince Gilligan’s Albuquerque criminal underworld, Odenkirk is still a relative unknown. Until now.
Yesterday the first official trailer for Nobody, starring Odenkirk, directed by Ilya Viktorovich Naishuller, (Hardcore Henry), and written by Derek Kolstad, who co-created the John Wick franchise, dropped and it felt like a mainstream breakthrough for Odenkirk.
The plot of Nobody rattles along like so:
Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is a mild-mannered family man with no regard for violence as he suffers from PTSD. One night when two thieves break into his suburban home, he folds and declines to defend himself or his family, thinking it will cause another traumatic experience. His family and neighbor disown him as a nobody and they want nothing to do with him. But Mansell is hiding a dark secret and one which is about to erupt into bloody violence.
This could be Odenkrik’s moment to shine and cement himself as a formidable lead for future action movies. It’s also just wonderful to watch Saul finally crack some skulls.
Nobody is slated for release on February 26th, 2021.
In news which shocked the film fan community it appears that the much talked about Breaking Bad spin-off movie, has completed filming and is now in the can.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Bob Odenkirk, who played crooked lawyer Saul Goodman in the original series and in the prequel series Better Call Saul, let slip that the production had wrapped and all footage was now complete.
He said: “I don’t know what people know and don’t know…I find it hard to believe you don’t know it was shot. They did it. You know what I mean? How is that a secret? But it is. They’ve done an amazing job of keeping it a secret.”
It is testament to series creator Vince Gilligan and his fabled attention to detail that nobody leaked information about the shoot. Not a single picture of any of the actors on set found it’s way online and there are no details about the film’s plot, except we know it focuses on Aaron Paul’s character Jessie Pinkman. It looks like Breaking Bad fans will have to wait until next year to find out if Walter White returns, once the movie is released on Netflix.
Call me Sherlock ”Meth Lab Motor’ Holmes because I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that we hadn’t seen the last of Jesse Pinkman or Walter White in Vince Gilligan’s amazing Albequerqiverse.
Yesterday, in an announcement TV fans didn’t see coming, series creator Vince Gilligan revealed that there will be a Breaking Bad movie and it will focus on the fate of Jesse Pinkman, who we all watched drive off into the sunset with an acute case of post traumatic stress disorder.
Greenbrier will begin production as early as next month and will be a straight sequel to the award-winning crime drama series and will also tie up the fates of a few periphery characters we may have forgotten about, (Badger?). Actor Aaron Paul will reprise his role and there’s even a rumour Bryan Cranston could return in flashback scenes as Walter White, although he has stated he has yet to see the script.
As a long time fan of the original series and spin-off Better Call Saul, (which, in my humble opinion is the superior of the two), I think Gilligan is doing something very special. Stretching an epic story with rich characters across two series and now a movie. His plan, so far, hasn’t suffered from any form of weakness or dilution and it’s exciting to watch a master storyteller create an entire universe these complex, rich and diverse characters inhabit.
No word yet if the movie will be a TV feature only or will get theatrical release.
HBO’s terrifically, gritty and sweary, western drama Deadwood is finally getting a movie and now it seems a dozen key characters will be returning for the big screen production.
Series creator David Milch has written a script and Daniel Minahan has been named as director and production of the Deadwood movie is now officially underway and today’s announcement that a dozen original cast members will be reprising their roles has sent fans of the series into meltdown.
The movie will be set 10 years after the series finale and these characters and more will all be reunited to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood where former rivalries are reignited, as they all face the changes modernity and time have wrought.
No word yet if this will be a TV feature or will be theatrically released but for now a script, director and cast is in place and Deadwood the movie is scheduled for completion next year.
Here’s the first official look at Disney’s forthcoming Mary Poppins sequel, featuring Emily Blunt, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer and a 92 year-old Dick Van Dyke dancing on a table.
Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall, (Chicago, Into The Woods), and is a direct sequel to the 1964 original with Blunt taking over the title role from Julie Andrews. The main plot of the movie rattles along like so:
Set in 1935 London, Jane and Michael Banks are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper, Ellen. After Michael’s wife’s death, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep)
The story, which picks up 20 years later, is based upon the Mary Poppins books and as the trailer demonstrates is full of nostalgia, specifically with the return of Dick Van Dyke who plays the son of Mr Dawes Snr, the old bank owner, a character played by Dyke in the original movie. Marshall has kept true to the elements which made Poppins such a classic, opting to use hand drawn animated sequences rather than CGI.
Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled for release on 19th December.
Below is the first official trailer for a new movie called Apostle, directed by Gareth Evans, (The Raid, Godzilla), and stars Michael Sheen and Legion’s Dan Stevens.
The period, horror will be released on Netflix on October 12th and marks new territory for the martial arts director, whose body of work so far has never ventured into the world of the supernatural.
The plot of Apostle rattles along like so:
The year is 1905. Thomas Richardson travels to a remote island to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult demanding a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will rue the day it baited this man, as he digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.
I don’t even know where to begin with this. Below is the first official trailer for Death Kiss, a movie featuring a Charles Bronson lookalike. Get it? Death Kiss instead of Death Wish?
Hollywood icon Charles Bronson died in 2003 and his last movie was made in 1999 but apparently audiences of 2018 have been demanding their Bronson fix and now actor and look-a-like Róbert Kovács has stepped forward.
To be fair Kovács is Bronson’s double but that doesn’t stop me from feeling slightly uneasy about this movie which is also a direct rip-off of Death Wish, where a vigilante takes the law into his own hands and deals out his own special brand of justice to various nefarious.
Tragically the film also stars Daniel Baldwin and Richard Tyson, (the bully from Three O’Clock High), and is set for theatrical release on October 2nd.
Oh man! Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds sadly passed away yesterday after a heart attack aged 82.
A man who, for most of his career, sported the world’s most famous moustache and cheeky grin he leaves behind a rich and varied catalogue of work ranging from the humour of Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville, (Smoket & The Bandit), to the steely determination of Lewis Medlock, (Deliverance).
R.I.P Burt Reynolds . He was a friend of mine. R.I.P Judge, R.I.P Old Bear, R.I.P Innocence, R.I.P Youth. Remembering every member of the Mystery, Alaska cast and crew, what a lovely community that was, I hope you are all happy and busy .
Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn't act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, "I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons." #RIPBurtReynolds