HAS A MAJOR SUICIDE SQUAD SPOILER LEAKED?
We are used to to having spoilers for huge, major blockbusters leak on the back of a toy or collectable doing the industry rounds way before the actual movie premiers. And that is exactly what may have happened with the highly anticipated Suicide Squad, not due until August 5. Knightmare Batman Collectibles have been showcasing their wares at San Diego Comic-Con and…..well…..have a look for yourself. SPOILERS!
Yep, that would be a Joker Batsuit. A Joksuit, if you will. Does this mean everyone’s favourite nutjob gets to wear this in the actual movie? No one is saying just yet, and there have been plenty of instances with movie tie-in merchandise having nothing to do with the actual film they’re promoting. But the possibility that Jared Leto’s version of the green-haired psychopath dresses like his nemesis, only in his trademark fetching purple and with some added personal accoutrements, has sent the interwebs into a bit a frenzy. Seriously, how cool would this be? Guess we have a couple of weeks to find out.
Gary Marshall was a giant of comedy who created sitcoms including Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy and went on to direct hit movies including Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries. It’s a phenomenal body of work to leave behind regardless but Marshall was also apparently one the nicest professionals in the industry. Henry Winkler, who starred as The Fonz in Happy Days, thanked him on Twitter for his “professional life” and Richard Gere, who’s career was, it could be argued, resurrected with Pretty Woman released this statement:
“Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of ‘Pretty Woman’… a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized… he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to everything and everyone he crossed paths with. Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.”
If you think you’ve never seen anything he was involved with, think again. He launched the careers of Julia Roberts, Robin Williams and many others and his influence will continue for decades to come. His like don’t come along that often. Rest in peace.
It’s interesting how the rebooted, ‘Kelvin Timeline’ ‘Trek movies are sticking to the broad strokes of the original cast films that started in 1979. The first dealt with a major threat heading toward Earth, the second Khan, now the Enterprise gets blown up in number three. So it’s no surprise that for the announced fourth instalment time-travel is going to be involved. What is surprising is that George Kirk, James T.’s dad who made a fleeting appearance at the top of 2009’s Star Trek, is also returning. Poor George sacrificed his life to save his wife and just-born son in that and, according to a statement released by Paramount Pictures on Monday, “In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father”.
Good idea or not? We’re not sure it’s so smart for the series to be looking back on itself so soon, but time-travel has always been a staple of the franchise. It’s doubtful the story will involve any whales, though.
ANTON YELCHIN WILL NOT BE RECAST IN STAR TREK 4
Star Trek Beyond, the third entry in the rebooted Kelvin Timeline Star Trek universe, opens worldwide today but already Star Trek 4 has been confirmed (see above). One of the main reasons these new films have worked and pulled in the $$$ (which was never a given; many thought the 2009 reboot would fail) was the absolutely perfect casting. So it is with a sense of relief that J.J. Abrams has stated there are no plans to recast the part of Pavel Chekov, played so wonderfully by the late, great Anton Yelchin who died tragically at the impossibly young age of 27 a couple of weeks ago. Said Abrams:
“I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.”
Quite right. Not only would having someone else play Chekov come across as just plain wrong, it would also be disrespectful. In the original series film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Chekov had been assigned First Officer aboard the USS Reliant; perhaps the character should have an off-screen promotion before ST4?
Jason Bourne is released next week with the highly anticipated sequel marking the return to the franchise for director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon. After making The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), the pair said they were both done with the series but time and world events have moved on, allowing for a new story to be told in the Bourne universe. Damon has talked at length about how hard it was to get in the shape required for the role once more but he would have spent a great deal less time memorising the dialogue; he only has 25 lines in the entire movie.
Bourne always was a man of few words but, at a reported $1 million a line for the role, it seems he’ll be even more pared down than ever. And that means one thing – more action. Which is what one expects in a new Bourne film. Jason Bourne opens July 27-29 worldwide.