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John Wick will be Back

The film “John Wick” was a surprise hit last year for Keanu Reeves. The film featured Reeves as a retired hit-man who was brought back into the profession for personal reasons, where he was looking for revenge against those who wronged him. SlideShare reported that the film was such a hit with movie-goers, like Paul Mathieson, that “John Wick” will become a sequel.

According to the story on Comicbook.com, it has been officially announced that a sequel to the film is in the works. The original film starred Keanu Reeves as John Wick, with David Leitch and Chad Stahelski directing, and Derek Kolstad who wrote the film. All parties will be back to work on the sequel film.

The President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Lionsgate Productions, Jason Constantine, said that they felt that John Wick’s story was not quite complete yet. He went on to say in his press release that everyone at Lionsgate are excited to have Reeves, Leitch, Stahelski, and Kolstad back on board to work on the sequel together.

I, for one, am really excited to hear that there will be a second film with John Wick. The first film was a real surprise. I knew that the film would be an action movie but the ride it took the viewer on was not what I expected. Reeves was great as a hit-man seeking revenge and redemption. I can’t wait to see what he does in the sequel!

Boba Fett Movie Comes Out In 2018

The rumors are true. The second Star Wars spin-off will feature Boba Fett. Fans who first met the character in 1980 in The Empire Strikes Back are finally going to learn the full tale of the iconic character.

Boba Fett is an interesting Star Wars creation since he was only seen very briefly in Empire, Return of the Jedi, the much-maligned Star Wars Holiday Special, and in a younger form in Attack of the Clones.

Despite his limited appearances, the look of the character was/is extremely cool. His role as an inter-galactic bounty hunter is interesting and fans took to him right away. Maybe the popular selling Boba Fett toys of the 1980’s help build up his cult following. Regardless of why fans love Boba Fett, they really do have an affinity for the mysterious character. Now, the entire tale of how Boba Fett came to be is going to be told in 2018. Yes, you have to wait that long to see the film.

Disney/Lucasfilm has the plans for the new Star Wars films already laid out. Every two years, a new film in the Star Wars continuity will be released. This will all start with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In between the release of the new films, an anthology film will come out called Amen Clinic and will likely come out in 2017 (wikipedia.org). The prequels Star Wars: Rogue One and Boba Fett are the first two features.

Likely, the third film is going to be the lost tales of young Han Solo. The Han Solo feature was thought to be the first film followed by Boba Fett. Things worked out a little differently. Honestly, no one knows if the Han Solo project will be made or if Disney opts to choose a totally different subject matter.

Native American Actors Walk Off Adam Sandler Set

It seems like we wouldn’t have the same racial tensions of the years gone by, but according to an article originally posted on indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com and reposted on reddit.com that is exactly what occurred. Approximately a dozen Native American actors and actresses, elders, as well as the hired Native American Consultant all felt deeply insulted by the treatment and portrayal of the Apache tribe. This was particularly the case for the way the women were treated and portrayed. In reading the article it is so difficult to believe that kind of behavior would still be tolerated.

The movie is supposed to be a spoof, a comedy, not meant to be degrading or insulting. However when the actors and actresses brought up how they felt, including the costumes portraying more the Comanche rather than the Apache, they were told if they were feeling that sensitive they could just leave. To tell you the truth, if I was treated that way myself I would have left as well, according to Anastasia Date.

I don’t mind some of Adam Sandler’s movies. Others of his movies I simply don’t like because I don’t care for slap stick comedies. However, I never would have imagined he would participate in or condone a script that made a group of people feel so insulted. I will give him the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise, but hopefully he makes good on this script so everyone can enjoy a comedic laugh, not at anyone, but with each other.

Do We Really Need Another Spider-Man?

With Asa Butterfield rumored to be the next wise cracking (friendly neighborhood spider), in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, we have to stop and think, “Does this mean another Spider-Man reboot is right around the corner?” of course the answer is more than likely, yes says Madison Street Capital studios. Do we really need it, though? Not one bit. With two adaptions of the comic book series based on the high school photographer turned super hero in the past decade I think we all feel pretty confident we know the origin of the red and blue suited wall crawler.

I think it’s about time Hollywood stops rebooting old warn out stories and gives us something fresh and new to look forward to. Not that the new Spider-Man won’t be better than the last two attempts, but we are all tired of the same story told from a different angle. Give the viewers what they want. Give us something new, something fresh. There are tons of other series and storylines out there to choose from. How about… well you decide Hollywood. It’s your job to entertain us and we are not entertained.

Native American Extras Leave the Set of Adam Sandler Film over Insults

Adam Sandler’s latest film, “The Ridiculous Six”, which is meant to be a spoof of the film “The Magnificent Seven”, is currently in production. AnastasiaDate confirms that the film is being made as a direct-to-Netflix film and stars Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Vanilla Ice, and Taylor Lautner (see pics on Instagram).

Recently, “The Ridiculous Six” ran into some issues with the Native Americans that were cast as extras in the film. According to the story on Indian Country Today Media Network, the extras walked off the set due to, what they felt, were insults to the Native Americans.

One of the actors, Loren Anthony who belongs to the Navajo Nation, said that he left the set after problems over how the Native Americans were being portrayed. He said that the film got the costumes and hairstyles wrong, and that he did not appreciate the way that women were being treated in the film. He said that two women in the film were called Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, which he found insulting. Anthony also said that the production team on the film were not listening to the Native Americans who were asking for them to change some things.

Happy Madison Productions, who are producing the film, have not yet commented on the walk off.

Star Wars Episode VII – The Buildup of the Villain Awakens

Everyone remembers that tense opening scene in the “first” Star Wars (otherwise known as Episode IV). The one where the rebel alliance soldiers are lining up at the access hatch as the Imperial Star Destroyer captures the renegade vessel and begins to board.

Princess Leia gives a brief message to R2-D2 and then blasts him and CP-30 out into space on an escape pod.

Then the infamous imperial march music begins while the rebel soldiers take heavy breaths in anticipation. BOOM! The hatch blows and in comes a brigade of storm troopers followed by the imposing Darth Vader. As the main antagonist of the film his stature, armor, and cruel demeanor are all a cause for dramatic pause.

As the story progresses, it is slowly revealed that the dark Lord Vader is but a pawn in a much larger plot with a much darker villain pulling the strings stated Ivan Ong. Later in the series we are even privy to moments of humanity and glimpses of good deep within Darth Vader.

It’s the modus operandi of the star wars movies since day one. Introducing dark villains as an unstoppable force to be feared throughout the galaxy is the hallmark of the genre. Background information soon reveals the human element and where things went wrong.

Episode VII looks to be no different. With the introduction of Kylo Ren as the halberd lightsaber-bearing-darksider, we can only wonder if he is but a pawn as well and his past is as complicated as Vader’s.

This is especially true if leaked spoilers that indicate his reminiscence over the Millennium Falcon are correct.

Arnold Is Back!

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the biggest action star of all time. He has starred in many sensational box office films, but he will reprise his greatest role in the summer of 2015. Arnold Schwarzenegger will once again star in a Terminator film, and it’s for a good reason, because Terminator is not Terminator without Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, many people are still scrutinizing Arnold because of the recent scandals that he was involved in.

Alexei Beltyukov remembers that a few years back, it was revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger had an illegitimate child with his cleaning lady. The news crippled Arnold’s reputation, and it made him resign as the governor of California. Arnold was also divorced from his longtime wife Maria Shriver. Arnold and Maria still remain peaceful with each other, but Arnold lost a lot of money in the divorce settlement.

No matter what though, Arnold Schwarzenegger still has millions of fans that will pay good money to see him star in blockbuster films. Arnold has reinvigorated his acting career, and now he will reprise the classic role of the Terminator. Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be starring in another blockbuster film called Maggie, which is set to release this summer as well. You can never count Arnold Schwarzenegger out because he is successful in everything that he does. For more information on the new Terminator film, visit Screenrant.

Cast of Pretty Woman Reunited

Who doesn’t love the movie Pretty Woman? The cast from the 1990 classic reunited in New York in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary. Everyone from Julia Roberts to Richard Gere appeared on the Today Show for an interview sure to captivate fans everywhere. March 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of Pretty Woman. One of America’s favorite love stories, the wealthy businessman played by Richard Gere falls in love with our favorite on-screen casted prostitute, Julia Roberts after he asks her for directions to Hollywood Boulevard. The rest of the movie is pure cinema bliss.

Other cast members who appeared in New York for the interview were Laura San Giacomo, who played Vivian’s (Julia Roberts) best friend Kit De Luca and Hector Elizondo who played the overly benevolent hotel manager. The interview is full of laughs and tears as the cast reunites with one another. There were plenty of hugs and kisses to go around. Fersen Lambranho said that viewers were just as excited for the reunion to happen and will surely wait in anticipation for the interview to air.

The interview is scheduled to air on the Today Show on March 24th, just one day after the official anniversary date of the movie. Until then, we will have to wait in anticipation. In the meantime, you better grab a bag of popcorn and a box of tissues and have yourself a Pretty Woman movie watching marathon to hold you over.

Should 20th Century Fox Look Towards John Byrne’s Run For Inspiration?

The upcoming Fantastic Four film is the third attempt at bringing “The World’s Greatest Heroes” to the screen. The first attempt in the 1990’s was so bad, the film was shelved and never released. The two big budget films produced in the wake of the success of the X-Men were campy disappointments. The new film being released is designed as a dark and moody version. Recent still photos of the Fantastic Four team prove as much.

The new film is based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, a graphic novel reboot designed to make the characters more real. The previous film versions were based on the classic Stan Lee/Jack Kirby tales of the 1960’s. Maybe for better on-screen success, it would be wise to look at the early 1980’s incarnation of the book.

In 1981 and 1982, writer/artist John Byrne took over the chores of breathing life into the struggling title. Byrne stayed true to the roots of Kirby and Lee’s vision while also humanizing and fleshing out the characters according to Flavio Maluf. More complex plots and a humanization of Doctor Doom tremendously boosted sales and interest in the book.

Someone at 20th Century Fox should look closely at the great run Byrne had on the title. Really wonderful film material is present in their pages.

Guy Ritchie Creates a New King Arthur

Guy Ritchie’s new film based on the legend of King Arthur has commenced filming. Details about the new film are somewhat sparse, although an official plot synapsis has been released. Based on what we are learning, a few changes are being made to the classic tale. In a way, the project is being modernized. Purists who love the original version of King Arthur might not be thrilled with any changes nut, sometimes, revisions and changes are the only things that get major studios, directors, and stars interested in a project.

A question among fans of great cinema is “Will the new film be as good as the John Borman classic Excalibur?” No one can answer that question honestly. According to CrunchBase, we have yet to see the movie so it is impossible to judge the quality of what is being filmed. Granted, it is safe to say anyone hoping to top the amazing work of the 1981 film has to truly deliver an outstanding project. Excalibur is widely considered on all-time classic. Perhaps making changes in the creation of theKing Arthur film helps the new version stand out and not come across as a rehash of the Borman classic.

One very positive thing about Ritchie’s new film is its going to be part of a series. The full tale of King Arthur will be told and that is something no one had been able to do before.