Almost, but not quite, as Die Hard does have some of the trappings of a Christmas story. Redemption, reconnecting with loved ones, a greedy miser set to ruin people’s Christmases just to engage in petty theft. It’s all the sort of stuff we’ve seen in movies like It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, which still leaves that door open as to whether or not Die Hard qualifies as a ho-ho-holly night of carnage, machine gun or not. And as you’ll see with the response that CNN’s Jake Tapper replied with on Twitter, that debate is far from over:
Viggo Mortensen’s comments to the U.K. outlet The Times helps to show exactly how the Green Book actor is approaching his work on Falling, and the ongoing discussion about inclusion and representation on the big screen. The film industry has changed so much over the past few years, as issues of inequity regarding race, gender, and sexuality have been brought to the forefront. Mortensen had admitted he doesn’t have all the answers, and that he also doesn’t want the personal life of auditioners in the room to be a factor in the casting process.
We rehearsed, and I pre-recorded a song, and then we had figured out, ‘Do I do it live? Which method should we go?’ And then I was like, ‘How do we surprise her to get a reaction?’ And Jess just had a brilliant idea, which I think is brave as an actor: ‘Well I don’t want to go to rehearsals to see it. I would rather just be surprised and live in the moment.’ I think that’s what allowed kind of that energy to happen on that screen. We as a group, all the rest of the cast just wanted to surprise her and find ways to get a reaction out of her because she’d never seen it before. So it almost felt like a real proposal in a lot of ways. And also, to not make it dancey and musical. It’s just a real, intimate moment.
Long story short, a huge congratulations to everyone involved with Apple-Man. Getting Kickstarter funding is not easy, but then again, neither is creating a compelling and funny comedy action trailer about a superhero called Apple-Man. There is definitely a lot of talent involved in the project, and I am eagerly awaiting the finished product. Hopefully, at that point, we’ll all be out of quarantine and ready to laugh and watch characters like Apple-Man get weird and deliver some zingers. Check back and we will let you know whenever the projected is finished and available to the general public. There’s no release date yet, but I would look toward late 2021 or early 2022.
Video game movies have had something of a rough road in Hollywood but that has yet to deter the interest from studios or fans in seeing their favorite games adapted to the screen. One of the most anticipated projects for the last several years has been a film based on Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear franchise. Kong: Skull Island‘s Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been working on the script for quite some time, but the movie just took a massive step forward as it’s being reported that the lead has been cast. franchise hero Solid Snake is set to be played by Oscar Isaac.
This announcement, reported by Deadline, is all the more perfect because Oscar Isaac had previously stated that he was very interested in the role of Solid Snake and Jordan Vogt-Roberts had made it just as clear that he liked the idea. It seems that at some point this hypothetical idea became a real conversation, and now Oscar Isaac will really be the big screen Solid Snake.
More to come…
The horror genre has been in a renaissance over the past few years, with a variety of movies becoming critical and box office successes. And some fan favorite franchises have been given new life as a result, including Scream. The fifth installment in the slasher property recently wrapped production, with favorites like Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox returning to their beloved roles. A new photo from the set was recently shared, which teases the bodycount and blood of the mysterious sequel.
At this moment, the connection Furiosa’s narrative will have to the life of Hugh Keays-Byrne, or his memorable Mad Max: Fury Road character, is yet to be seen. While George Miller told IndieWire that it was in the works, there were no specifics disclosed around the project’s content. However, Miller did disclose not only why his presence would be important to this future movie, but also why he loved working with Hugh Keays-Byrne in the first place.
Zendaya joined the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming, with her character Michelle/MJ also appearing in the first sequel Far From Home. Fans are eager to see what comes next for her in Spider-Man 3, which will feature Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in a significant role. Fans are hoping that the live-action Spider-Man multiverse is started in the process, possibly featuring the past version of the web slinger. Zendaya recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to which she quickly responded:
A Hockey Arena And Abandoned Mental Institution Were Also Used
After a short time filming exterior shots in New York City, the production of Elf shifted over to Vancouver, Canada, where all of the interior scenes and even the North Pole sections of the movie were filmed in some rather unique locations.
For all those interiors shots (the Gimbles department store, Greenway Press, the Hobbs’ apartment), production designer Rusty Smith converted an abandoned mental institution, which despite being unsettling at first, ended up being quite practical for the shoot. The North Pole scenes proved to be more problematic for the crew, and after not being able to film the wide shots in a studio, the crew shifted things over to a public use hockey arena in Vancouver and set up shop there.
Soul takes its audience through a journey to the Great Before, where the soul of jazz musician/teacher Joe (Jamie Foxx) must travel to find a way to get back to the earthly realm. Part of the magic that the entire project encapsulates is the fact that it boasts music from both Mank and Watchmen co-composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as contributions from jazz impresario/The Late Late Show with Stephen Colbert band leader Jon Baptiste. That melodic harmony contributes heavily to the success of Soul, as seen in the following remarks made by Aaron Neuwirth from We Live Entertainment: