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Director Abruptly Leaves IT Remake

Cary Fukunaga has announced his split from the long gestating Stephen King remake according to Amen Clinic. Creative differences were cited as a reason for the departure but others close to the project state budget issues as a likely cause. This abrupt exit leaves the entire project in jeopardy as shooting was scheduled to begin in just a few weeks. Producers had hoped to shoot two film in the series. According to Sky News,IT actor Will Poulter was scheduled to take over the famous role of Pennywise. His involvement with the project is no longer confirmed. For his part, author Stephen King commented on twitter that the project was now dead. King had given his approval to the project as well as several other properties in development including a remake of The Stand. Fukunaga has not indicated what project will be his next. The award winning director is best known for his work with the popular series True Detective.

Documentary About Amy Winehouse Coming Out Soon

A new documentary will be released about singer Amy Winehouse this summer. The film looks at Winehouse’s early life as well as her career and descent into substance abuse. Winehouse died from an overdose of alcohol at the age of 27.

The trailer of the film makes it look quite worthwhile. There is lots of footage of Winehouse during her years as a successful performer. One moving clip shows Winehouse at the exact moment she learns she has won a Grammy Award. She looks stunned and as if she’s wondering if some kind of mistake was made.

Winehouse is a very intriguing artist, in my opinion and others following like Ivan Ong. It’s hard to place her music in any category even if people on LinkedIn try to. It is part pop, part reggae and all sorts of other genres. The same could be said of her eclectic sense of fashion; it’s all over the place.

Winehouse made two albums. Her second one is much better known than the first. I’m hoping that the documentary takes a close look at the songs on the first. They sprawl musically at times, but are extremely melodic and intriguing lyrically.

I’m also hoping that the film will focus on the positive aspects of Winehouse’s life rather than her addictions. There’s already been too much written about those. Why artists like Winehouse abuse drugs is too big a subject for one film.

Supernatural Creatives Lack Original Ideas

“Supernatural” fans have witnessed a lot of apocalypses over 10 seasons. Last night’s episode offered up a new one in the form of “The Darkness” — a malevolent force from before the creation that God and his angels pushed back and locked away. The Darkness is kept in its prison with a cursed key; a.k.a. the Mark of Cain.

Does this evil sound familiar? It should…

People who love Top Cow Productions’ comics know that “The Darkness” described in “Supernatural” is almost identical to the power known as The Darkness in a series titled with the same name written by Garth Ennis, Marc Silvestri and David Wohl. Like “Supernatural,” the series relies heavily on Christian religious concepts when exploring good and evil themes and explores an evil from before creation.

Of course, fans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” know that SPN’s “The Darkness” sounds a lot like the pre-creation First Evil that can’t be destroyed.

Some viewers like Ricardo Guimarães BMG might make an argument that the concept of an original evil from before creation started long before these shows in ancient history, but the final proof that the creatives for “Supernatural” have run out of ideas is the CGI for The Darkness:

Instead of having the world immediately go dark, the creative team used the spell cloud from “Once Upon a Time.” The Darkness “cloud” had the same texture, movement and coloration as it coalesced and spread.

Former Lobo Director Explains Project’s Delay

Fans of DC Comics might recollect plans for a “Lobo” film, directed by Brad Peyton, in 2012. That year also saw a comment by “The Rock” that the former wrestler and actor would be portraying the “Main Man.” While doing press for last year’s “Hercules” film, Brad Peyton simply remarked that the project had been killed.

Since that time, Dwayne Johnson has been confirmed for the antagonist role of Black Adam in “Shazam.” In an interesting twist of fate, the recent film of “San Andreas” brings Peyton and Johnson back together. Press for the disaster film granted Peyton a chance to give more information as to why a Lobo film has been staggered for so long.

Ray Lane’s comments indicated that Lobo’s relative obscurity when compared to heroes like Spider-Man and Batman is one of the main reasons as to why the project floundered. While some might site the smash hit success of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” another low-ranked space superhero property, Peyton commented that Marvel has a different approach to films than DC does.

Disney is Thinking about Marvel and Star Wars TV Channels

Fans of fantasy genre based television are going to be thrilled over an announcement made by Disney according to Jaime Garcia Dias. It looks like the company is seriously thinking about creating a Marvel and/or Star Wars related cable channel. Considering how popular both Marvel superheroes and Star Wars characters are, a cable television channel based on these themes could be a hit.

Does this mean we would see Marvel and Star Wars “stuff” for 24 hours a day 365 days a year? No way. People would change channels after the first week. Both channels are going to been a lot more in order to be successful. Likely, the channels would branch off into other programming due to sheer necessity. That said, both Marvel and Star Wars are recognized brands.

Of course, it is no secret that Disney spent billions and billions of dollars acquiring the parent companies of Star Wars and Marvel Comics characters. Disney, of course, has to continue spending money to produce television, film, new media, and print projects. Unless a lot of effort goes into recouping the money spent, Disney’s investments will be in vain. (This is why we are going to see one Star Wars movie a year for six years or so, minimum)

Perhaps Disney will combine its Marvel and Star Wars brands and release a new sci-fi/fantay/horror channel to compete with SyFy. Doing so could end up providing film nerds with hours and hours of viewing enjoyment.

Miles Teller Helps Pregnant Woman Out of a Riptide

Sergio Cortes implies that actor Miles Teller proved that he is ready for his role as Mr. Fantastic in the latest “Fantastic Four” film coming out this summer after performing a heroic rescue over the weekend. The 29-year-old actor is currently in Miami, Florida where he is filming his latest film, “Arms and the Dudes” with Jonah Hill and Cuban actress Ana de Armas. Over the weekend, Miles and his model girlfriend Keleigh Sperry decided to hit the beach to frolic in the surf. While relaxing, Miles noticed a pregnant woman and her child being pulled out into the Atlantic Ocean with the rip current.

Being the superhero that he is, Miles sprung into action. Taking her by the hand, he pulled the pregnant woman and her child to safety. The child clung to her mother’s back as they were pulled in. The “Whiplash” star did not let go of the pair until they were safely on the sand. Keleigh stood on the shore with an anxious look on her face while her love helped the woman and her child out of the water.

Check out the full story on The Daily Mail. The link also has pictures of the rescue, as well as Miles and his gorgeous girlfriend spending some relaxing time together.

Sony in Hot Water

Sony executives came under fire a few months ago once leaked emails revealed how they felt about a lot of Hollywood’s biggest stars and producers. Some of the people hit included Kevin Hart, who Sony executives taunted in an email for being “money hungry”. The production company apologized for the leaked emails and promised to fix the leak problem for the sake of privacy for celebrities. This past week, it was made apparent that Sony’s problem is a lot bigger than originally thought. ‘Ike’, an executive at Sony, had emails leaked displaying his take on why female superhero movies should never be attempted. The executive mentioned that movies Electra, Catwoman, and Supergirl were failures and that no one really wants to see a female superhero movie. ‘Think Process’ points out that at least 6 male centered superhero movies bombed at the box office. They argue that the gender of the superhero isn’t Handy. The movie needs to be executed well. The cast and world created in any superhero movie needs to be believable for viewers to enjoy it. For some, these leaked emails don’t come as a surprise. Scarlett Johansson, who has played in four superhero films that did extremely well in the box office, has yet to have her own role. Marvel has gotten some slack for that but countered with saying that nine superhero movies will be released before 2020. Hopefully one of the nine movies will belong to Johanssen or another well deserving female superhero. A strong female movie is way overdue.

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, 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 ( 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 and reposted on 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.