Fantastic Four Star Michael B. Jordan Addresses Casting Controversy

Fantastic_Four_Human_Torch(PCM) As a person of mixed race and as a member of a blended family, the controversy surrounding Michael B. Jordan’s casting in director Josh Tranks’s Fantastic Four reboot as Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, continues to baffle me.

Many critics called the casting a politically correct move, an attempt by 20th Century Fox to appeal to the increasingly diverse masses, and were awaiting for some kind of an explanation as to how Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara, playing Sue Storm, could possibly portray brother and sister in a film about four young scientists who are transformed into superheroes after a radioactive accident.

I cannot understand why it’s so inconceivable that a black man could have a white woman as a sister, but Michael B. Jordan is more even-tempered and has a bigger heart than I do, which he displayed in an editorial he wrote for EW yesterday, addressing the controversy surrounding his casting. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.

This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.

Read the full article here.

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four is written and directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) alongside co-writers Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing.

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Johnny Depp is the Most Notorious Gangster in U.S. History in the New Trailer for Black Mass

BlackMassBanner(PCM) Warner Bros. Pictures released the new trailer for Black Mass, director Scott Cooper’s crime drama based on real-life convicted murderer and former mob boss Whitey Bulger.

The new trailer enters on a scene between Whitey and his six year-old son at the dinner table. Whitey, educating his young son on the in-and-outs of crime, gives him some priceless advice: “If nobody sees it, it didn’t happen.”

Cue Rick Ross’ “The Devil is a Lie” as Johnny Depp mows down multiple people and commits horrible crime after horrible crime. Watch the new trailer for Black Mass, in theaters nationwide September 18, below!

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) from the screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow), Black Mass is based on the book, Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.

Starring alongside Johnny Depp are Adam Scott, Sienna Miller, Kevin Bacon, Juno Temple, Joel Edgerton, Rory Cochrane, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, and Corey Stoll.

Black Mass opens in theaters nationwide starting September 18, 2015. Visit BlackMasstheMovie.com for more info!

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New Fantastic Four Commercial and Images

FantasticFour_2(PCM) MovieTickets.com teamed up with 20th Century Fox and Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot to promote the convenient MovieTickets.com app for purchasing tickets, because what goes better with a Hollywood blockbuster than some good ‘ol advertising?

The commercial coincides with the release of two new promotional images from Fantastic Four, both showcasing The Thing’s enormous size and distinct look from previous adaptations of the comic book superhero. Check out the new commercial below and the new images above and below!

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four is written and directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) alongside co-writers Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing.

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Netflix Tesases A Very Murray Christmas

A_Very_Murray_Christmas_Feat.JPG(PCM) The temperatures are barely warming up and the kids aren’t even out of school yet and already people have Christmas on their minds. Netflix is to blame after uploading a teaser for their Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas.

From the screenplay by Bill Murray (Ghostbusters), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), and Mitch (Scrooged) and directed by Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas is slated to debut on Netflix in December in all territories where Netflix is available.

Described as “an homage to the classic variety show,” A Very Murray Christmas stars Murray as himself, worried that a huge snowstorm in New York City will prevent friends and guests from appearing on his TV show. In  release, Netflix summarized: “Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.”

A Very Murray Christmas will star a whole gaggle of celebrities, including George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, and more.

The teaser, which can be watched below, is a short 25-second pan up to Bill Murray, adorned in reindeer antlers, standing alone with his back to the camera and looking out of the window of a high-rise while jazz plays in the background, before turning to the camera with a look of utter disappointment. Sounds like Christmas!

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‘Poltergeist’ 2015 Review

I must be honest, there wasn’t a real fondness for the original Poltergeist made in 1982 here. Although directed by the legendary Tobe Hooper and written partially by Steven Spielberg, I have always felt the original movie appeared a little too dramatic, lacking any sense of foreboding or soul (no pun intended). Despite my feelings towards the original, there’s no denying the films’ success. The 1982 “cult classic” was nominated for 3 Oscars and launched a fairly successful franchise.

Fast forward to 2015 and it was inevitable ‘Poltergeist’ was going to eventually get the remake treatment. Starring Sam Rockwell and Kennedi Clements, director Gil Kenan made the admired choice not to fill this redo with known actors (excluding Rockwell), but that hardly makes a difference.

All seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks. It’s not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl’s freedom.

Poltergeist uses every cliche trick in the book. Every scare is of the jump variety backed with the same tedious ear piercing score pieces. Dialogue sometimes bordered on the cringe side, although the two best supporting actors in Clements and Kyle Catlett as the brother of Clements’ Madison, do adequately with what they have got. But make no mistake, the script is not fresh in the slightest, even though it is not a shot for shot remake. Special effects give the movie some dignity, and showcase some occasional startling imagery, but all the elements of a film need to combine well to make a picture of superior quality. And the good elements are very few and far between.

Although it is not recalled in the original, the film miserably tries to make its audience laugh with dreck jokes and one liners but they only serve to make things worse as characters state the obvious as to what is going on around them. Whether a sequel will be greenlit is anybody’s guess at this point but the good news is that it is not strongly hinted at as events unfold on screen. Nor do we expect box office numbers strong enough to warrant a sequel (yet stranger things have happened).

If you loved the 1982 film then it would probably benefit you to select another movie to see at the theater. If you have never seen the original, well, skip it anyway. Even the forthcoming Insidious 3, though it looks like it could be fatiguing the franchise, will probably be better than this generation’s Poltergeist!

Avid fan of the original franchise? Disagree with our review of ‘Poltergeist’? As always we would love to hear what you have to say in the comments section below!

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Reese Witherspoon Set to Star in Disney’s Live-Action Tink

Reese Witherspoon at TIFF 2014
(PCM) Reese Witherspoon will don a pair of wings and spread pixie dust as she stars in and produces Disney’s live-action comedy, Tink.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, reporting that the Academy Award-winning actress will play the mischievous pixie in a film scripted by Finding Dory‘s Victoria Strouse and loosely based on Disney’s 1953 animated classic, Peter Pan.

Originally a fairy, Tinker Bell first sprang to life in J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play, Peter Pan, as just a little spotlight on stage before being referred to as a pixie in Disney’s animated film. Peter Pan turned Tinker Bell into a star, eventually leading to the pixie’s recognition as an unofficial mascot for the Walt Disney Company.

Tinker Bell is best known for being the ever-faithful companion to Peter Pan, and for her passionate temperament, often indulging in jealous fits and temper tantrums when things don’t go her way. Like Disney’s recent Sleeping Beauty spin-off Maleficent, Tink will explore the untold story of Tinker Bell, focusing on the miniature pixie and her origins.

Tink, still in development, has yet to attach a director. Reese Witherspoon is currently set to star in Paul Feig’s Wish List and the TV series Little Big Lies alongside Nicole Kidman.

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