Ming-Na Wen Says THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT Finale Will Have Fans Seeing The Series “In a Different Light”

The Book of Boba Fett has been an interesting series to watch so far. The first episode was good, the second episode was great, and the third episode was weird. The show isn’t getting the kind of love from Star Wars fans that The Mandalorian got. There are aspects of it that I really like, but there are also things about it that don’t really work. But, I’m still invested in the characters and story and I’m still looking forward to seeing how the series plays out.

According to actress Ming-Na Wen, who plays master Assassin Fennec Shand, the finale is going to deliver something that will have fans seeing the Star Wars series “in a different light.” The story seems to be building up to a Mos Espa gang war as the criminal underworld fights for the empire of Jabba the Hutt.

In an interview with RadioTimes.com, Wen said, “I really hope that they want to go back and see the whole thing over again in a different light after, you know, knowing how things have — I’m so careful with my words here, how things have evolved, and all these other elements that have come into play. You know, that’s what’s so great with [producers] Jon [Favreau] and Dave [Filioni]. They are so knowledgeable about this world, about Star Wars, and they’re such huge fans that they know how to set up the pieces and make moves that you don’t even know are coming.”

She added, “And then suddenly it’s like [claps her hands together] ooh, checkmate. So yeah, we’re waiting. We’re waiting for that win. We’re waiting for that hit. And not just ’til the very last episode, like each and every episode there’s new moves and new elements that come into play that hopefully will surprise the fans. I know it surprised me.” 

Well, I can’t wait to see what this ending turns out being! Morrison previously teased, “Yes, full of surprises. The Book of Boba ‘full of surprises’ series. Yeah, we’ve got some good stuff coming up. Ooh, wait till episode seven, wow!” 

The fourth episode of the series drops tomorrow! Are you enjoying the series so far? Are you excited about the future of the series?

Andrew Garfield Says He Would Love to Do Another Movie With Tom Holland and Tobey Maguire

Fans had a blast at the movies this past month watching Spider-Man: No Way Home and seeing the three Spider-Man meme come to life. The film was a heavy and important chapter in the Tom Holland story arc, and it was cathartic to see our first Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire, as well as “middle child,” Andrew Garfield, back up in the roles of Peter Parker. We had already seen these two characters face immense loss and pain, and knew that Holland’s Parker could count on them as unique guides through his trauma.

Garfield is enjoying the ride he’s been on since the film was released, finally being able to talk about the experience and what it may mean for his future. On a recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Andrew Garfield was asked what the future may hold for his career as Spider-Man. He responded pretty much just saying that while he loved the dynamic and would love to return with his co-stars, he’s just enjoying the moment:

“I would love to continue working with Tobey and with Tom. I think that kind of three-brother dynamic is so… I don’t know, juicy. …But to be honest man, I’m going to honestly say I’m so happy and satisfied and grateful to be a part of this [Spider-Man: No Way Home]. It’s hard to want more right now. I’m just kind of just trying to savor this moment with the fans, with the audience, and just kind of say ‘Thank you.’ Yeah. I just feel humble and grateful for the response.”

This peace within the character has been a long time coming, and Garfield does admit that the experience of making Spider-Man: No Way Home was cathartic enough to leave him in a “lighter” and “more restful” place with the character. He definitely deserves it! I don’t know if we will see Garfield back in the role, but I know fans would be happy if we did!

For now, we will just enjoy the movie that was made, and all the people who got to be a part of it.

Daniel Radcliffe Cast as Weird Al Yankovic in Roku’s Biopic WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has just landed a super interesting role as he will be playing ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in an upcoming biopic film being developed by Roku. The movie is titled Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and the project is being produced by Funny Or Die and Tango. Yankovic is involved with the project as well and he even co-wrote the script with Eric Appel, who is also set to direct.

The synopsis for the film reads:

“The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”

Like many of you, I grew up enjoying the insanity of Weird Al! The guy always made me laugh with his hilarious parody songs and then, of course, there was his 80s film UHF, which was so freakin’ funny! I always laughed so hard while watching that awesomely stupid movie!

Yankovic hilariously said in a statement, “When my last movie UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule. And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”

Colin Davis, Roku’s Head of Original Scripted Programming, added, “There clearly aren’t enough biopic movies about famous musicians and we were excited to shine a light on the incredibly true, unexaggerated story of Weird Al. This is sincerely the ultimate combination of talent, creativity, and friends, coming together to make something genuinely funny and we could not be prouder to call this film a Roku Original.”

I have no doubt that this is biopic is going to be a ridiculously good time, especially with Radcliffe in the role of Weird Al! I can’t wait to see this! Production on the biopic begins in Los Angeles in early February.

Source: Variety

Trailer For Showtime’s Sci-Fi Thriller Series THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris

Showtime has released a teaser trailer for its sci-fi series titled The Man Who Fell To Earth, which is based on the book by Walter Tevis and inspired by David Bowie’s iconic 1976 sci-fi film of the same name.

This series adaptation stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Old Guard) and Naomie Harris (Moonlight, No Time to Die), and the story follows “a new alien character (Ejiofor) who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.” It looks like a wonderful series that will tell a moving story.

Naomie Harris will play Justin Falls, a brilliant scientist and engineer who must conquer her own demons in the race to save two worlds. The cast also includes Jimmi Simpson, Rob Delaney, and Sonya Cassidy. Alex Kurtzman serves as co-showrunner on the new series with Jenny Lumet and John Hlavin.

When talking about the series, Kurtzman said that Ejiofor plays “an entirely different character with an entirely different story. He is of the same alien species that Bowie was in the film, but he’s not the same character — and he wasn’t the first one here. He arrives on our planet looking specifically for her. She has such extraordinary ability inside of her, but is afraid to engage with the part of herself that can make the world better.”

When talking about Bowie and the original film, Kurtzman went on to say, “You can’t think of the film without thinking of David Bowie. And it was a radically daunting prospect to stand in his shadow. His legacy is very meaningful to people, and that was not something to play around with lightly. The hubris of even choosing to do that could take you down.”

So they aren’t attempting to replicate that Bowie magic. They are just looking to do something different and tell an interesting story with a new character. When talking about the kind of story they wanted to tell, Kurtzman shared, “One thing that I really responded to was the loneliness of [Bowie’s] character in both the novel and the film. They’re about this extraordinary loneliness, and how human loneliness can ultimately destroy you. I loved that feeling in the work that had been made, [but] it was not the story that I wanted to tell, and it was not the story that Jenny wanted to tell. We were interested in integrating that loneliness, but I think we wanted to tell a story that’s ultimately much more uplifting.”

The Man Who Fell To Earth series will start streaming in spring 2022. Check out the teaser trailer!

Winston Duke’s Marvel Character M’Baku Has an Expanded Role in BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER

Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is back in production after a number of setbacks. One of the most recent involved Shuri actress Letitia Wright, who suffered some crazy injuries while performing a stunt while shooting the film last summer. The project has been on a lengthy hiatus, but Wright has recovered and is back in action!

Wright obviously has a major role in the film for the whole production to shut down for that long, but it looks like she’s not the only character that will have a bigger role in the film. THR is reporting that Winston Duke’s character M’Baku will also have an expanded role. They say in a recent report:

Separately, sources say Winston Duke, who plays M’Baku, negotiated a hefty raise for his return to Black Panther due to what is being described as an expanded role in the Panther mythos. What that expansion looks like is unclear.

I liked this character in the original film. He was one of the more interesting characters that was introduced so I like that they are going to play with him a bit more in this upcoming film.

Ryan Coogler is directing the sequel, which is shooting at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. There are still no details to share on the story the film will tell or how exactly the story will handle the absence of the late Chadwick Boseman, but I can’t help but be curious about what their plans are moving forward.

The movie will also bring back Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba, Angela Bassett, and Martin Freeman, who will reprise their roles from the original film.

The movie is still on track to be released on November 11th, 2022. What do you think about M’Baku getting a bigger role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?

YELLOWJACKETS Fans Can Expect Season 2 To Drop At The End of 2022

The first season of Showtime’s Yellowjackets recently came to an end. I haven’t seen the season finale yet, but I’m almost there! I’m a fan of the series and I’m excited about seeing the story continue beyond the first season.

Luckily, fans won’t have to wait too long for Season 2 to drop. Showtime president of entertainment Gary Levine recently revealed in an interview with Vulture that Season 2 is coming at the end of 2022:

“We are working towards a premiere at the end of 2022. We’d love to stay on an annual cycle. I think our audiences deserve that, and I also think that when you have a show that has this kind of a momentum, you don’t want to let it dissolve.”

I completely agree! As for where the development of Season 2 currently is, it’s currently in the writing process, so there’s still a lot of work to be done. If you haven’t watched the show yet, go check it out! It’s like a mix of LOST and Lord of the Flies but with some weird and crazy horror elements. I love it!

The description of the series reads, “Wildly talented high school girls’ soccer players descend into savage clans after their plane crashes in the remote northern wilderness. Twenty-five years later, they discover that what began in the wild is far from over.”

The story for the series flashes back and forth between two periods: One, the aftermath of a plane crash, when the members of a girls’ soccer team have to fend for themselves; the other, in their adult lives, as they deal with the trauma of that experience in very different ways.

The series also has a talented cast that includes Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, and Tawny Cypress and the characters they play are incredibly interesting. The series also stars Ella Purnell, Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Nélisse, Steven Krueger and Warren Kole.

Levine and his partner Jana Winograde previously said in a statement, “Yellowjackets has been an unadulterated sensation for Showtime. We are overwhelmed by both the acclaim and the audience response to our series, including several ‘Best of 2021’ lists, a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and snowballing viewership. Clearly there is a hunger for originality and audacity, and our incredible showrunners Ashley, Bart and Jonathan, along with their pitch-perfect cast, have delivered that and so much more. I can’t wait to see the surprises they have in store for us in Season 2.”

It was also recently revealed that the creators of the show have a five-season plan that I hope fans get to see play out fully.

James Gunn Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 Will Be Different From What Fans Are Expecting and Gives Update on Holiday Special

James Gunn is hard at work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and fans can’t wait for the final film in the trilogy to drop. The world that Gunn has built in these films is so rich and so much fun. We know and love these characters so much now, it may feel like we know what we are getting into in this final film, but Gunn assures us that this film will be different from what we may be expecting.

In a recent interview with Collider, the director talked about the movie, its new star, Chukwudi Iwuji, and what Marvel head Kevin Feige is saying about what he’s seen so far:

“It’s going great. Chukwudi, who plays Murn in Peacemaker, is one of the main characters in the movie and people are freaking out over how good this guy is. Literally freaking out. I think that I’m really happy. I gave a bunch of scenes to Marvel right before Christmas break. Kevin went… ‘They were all really, really, really stoked.’ But also, it’s not going to be the movie people… It’s different than what people are going to expect. It’s a hard road, but I’m really happy with it so far.”

I am excited to hear that. I feel like James Gunn and Taika Waititi are the directors who have come in and really shaken things up in the MCU, giving us movies unlike any we had ever imagined before. Gunn then went on in the report to give an update on The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, saying:

“It’s still upcoming in the shoot. We were supposed to shoot one day in LA, and there’s too much Omicron around, so we couldn’t do it. We’re going to have to fit it in. I haven’t started yet. I’m excited to. It’s fun. The holiday special is… I’m almost jealous of it, even though I wrote it because people freak out so much on how much they love the script for the holiday special that I’m almost like, ‘Well, wait. I’ve got this movie here I’ve been working on for two years. You love the holiday special that I literally wrote in a very short amount of time.’ But, it is really funny and really good.”

I love that we will have this special to hold us over before the last movie comes out, but that is only if they get to shoot it! Hopefully they will be able to get to the set soon and safely. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is scheduled to be released on Disney+ this coming holiday season, 2022; The animated short series I Am Groot is also set to hit Disney+ sometime this year; and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected in theatres on May 5, 2023.

First Trailer and Poster for Violent UK Prison Drama A VIOLENT MAN Starring Craig Fairbrass

The first trailer and poster have been released for the UK prison drama A Violent Man. This seems like a fitting title, as the movie looks like it will be quite violent. The film stars Craig Fairbrass as Steve, with a cast including Jason Flemyng, Stephen Odubola as his cell mate, Ross McCall, Ulrich Thomsen, and Zoë Tapper. The film, previously titled Ire, is both written and directed by Scottish actor and filmmaker Ross McCall, making his feature directorial debut with this film.

Here’s the synopsis:

Steve Mackleson (Craig Fairbrass) is a violent and dangerous prisoner, incarcerated for double murder in a maximum security prison, and wracked with inner turmoil about his past sins and unquenchable need for carnage. When Marcus (Stephen Odubola) becomes his new cell mate, and a daughter he has never met finally requests a chance to meet her estranged father, Steve must reconsider his nihilistic outlook and brutal outbursts. When Marcus becomes the victim of a revenge attack, Steve steps in to save him and they both become marked men, their sentences set to be cut short, the hard way.

This trailer doesn’t give a whole lot away, except the tone of the film, which feels like a dark and gritty picture of prison life. Check out the trailer and poster below, and watch A Violent Man in UK cinemas starting February 4th, 2022. Stay tuned for a US release date.

Aaron Eckhart to Star in CIA Action Thriller THE BRICKLAYER With Renny Harlin Directing

Golden Globe nominated actor Aaron Eckhart (Erin Brockovich, The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking) has signed on to star in the CIA action thriller The Bricklayer from director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger). Deadline reports that “In The Bricklayer, someone is blackmailing the CIA by assassinating foreign journalists and making it look like the agency is responsible.

“As the world begins to unite against the U.S., the CIA must lure its most brilliant – and rebellious – operative out of retirement, forcing him to confront his checkered past while unraveling an international conspiracy.”

The film is set to shoot at Millennium’s new Nu Boyana Greece studio and its Nu Boyana Bulgaria facility this March. The Expendables outfit Millennium Media is producing with Gerard Butler after both teamed up with Eckhart on the Has Fallen franchise.

Eckhart is a great actor, and this sounds like an interesting storyline. Are you looking forward to The Bricklayer?

Trailer and Poster for Action Flick LAST LOOKS Starring Charlie Hunnam and Mel Gibson

A new trailer has been released for the action flick Last Looks, starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of AnarchyThe Gentlemen), Morena Baccarin (Deadpool), Mel Gibson (Lethal WeaponBraveheart), Rupert Friend (Young Victoria, Homeland), Lucy Fry (Bright), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Concrete Cowboy).

The film is directed by Tim Kirkby (Brockmire, Action Point) and written by Howard Michael Gould (Mr. 3000). Here’s the synopsis:

Charlie Waldo (Charlie Hunnam) is an ex-LAPD superstar who left the force and now lives a life of simplicity and solitude deep in the woods. Alistair Pinch (Mel Gibson) is an eccentric actor who spends his days drunk on the set of his TV show.

When Pinch’s wife is found dead, he is the prime suspect and Waldo is convinced to come out of retirement to investigate what happened.

The case finds Waldo contending with gangsters, Hollywood executives and pre-school teachers, all in pursuit of clearing Pinch’s name … or confirming his guilt.

This looks like a pretty fun action movie. I enjoy Charlie Hunnam and think he is great in this capacity. I did think that Mel Gibson had been cancelled, but I guess his cancelation has been cancelled? While he does look like a good fit for the role, plenty of other men in Hollywood could have played a douchey drunk, no problem. Either way, this looks like a decent movie.

Check out the trailer and poster below, and watch Last Looks in Theaters, On Demand and Digital on February 4, 2022.