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NATALIE PORTMAN IS “DONE” WITH MARVEL AND THE MCUNatalie Portman

The word “done” can be used and taken in many contexts. When asked recently about her returning as Jane, Thor’s human girlfriend, Portman had this to say:

As far as I know, I’m done. I don’t know if maybe one day, they’ll ask for an Avengers 7 or whatever, but as far as I know, I’m done. It was a great thing to be a part of.

There have been some reports that make this sound like Portman has had enough of Marvel and the MCU, but instead it should rather be read as her contract has finished, there are no immediate plans to bring Jane back and she’s fine with that. After Thor: The Dark World, the character has rather vanished and her comment about ‘Avengers 7’ would seem to back it all up. And who here would bet against that movie seeing the light of day in a few years?

IS A BIG LEBOWSKI SEQUEL ALREADY FILMING?John Turturro Big Lebowski

John Turturro played convicted pervert and bowling nut Jesus in The Big Lebowski (1998) and has been saying for years how much he’d like to resurrect the character in a spin-off. He is also currently filming an indie flick called Going Places starring himself, Susan Sarandon, Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou but some of the cast’s tweets, coupled with recent sightings of Turturro in bowling lanes in full Jesus gear, have lead to much speculation. Now website Birth Movies Death are reporting this as fact:

The film, which currently has no distributor (thus making it an indie in the realest sense), takes its plot from the 1974 comedy Les Valseuses: two petty thieves, Turturro’s Jesus and Cannavale’s Petey, compete to give a woman (Tautou) her first orgasm after she’s roped into their hijinks. Sarandon also ends up in their company, playing a criminal who just got out after a long stint in prison.

Well, it sounds as batshit crazy as any ‘Lebowski Jesus offshoot movie should be. More news as we get it. Meanwhile:

 

JARED LETO GOES FROM JOKER TO REPLICANT?Jared Leto

Fresh from playing The Joker in Suicide Squad to decidedly mixed reviews, Jared Leto has now signed on to another blockbuster, the forthcoming Blade Runner 2. There are no details as yet as to what role he’ll be playing, but we’ll stick our necks out and bet he’s gonna be playing a replicant of some sort.

Blade Runner 2 will be one of the longest gaps a between original movie and sequel there has been, with the original Blade Runner debuting in 1982. Harrison Ford is back as replicant/replicant hunter Deckard – what are the bets he dies? – and distinguished director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario) is helming. We can only hope that Leto doesn’t pull the same tricks of sending his co-stars dead animals to help “get him in character” as he did on the set of Suicide Squad. We don’t think chief Mr Grumps Harrison Ford would stand for that.

SUICIDE SQUAD DOESN’T CARE WHAT THE CRITICS THINKSuicide Squad

Talking of Suicide Squad, that film has just past an important financial milestone. Like it’s forebear Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, regardless of the downbeat and disparaging reviews from the critics, it has raked in the cash, recently passing the important $500 million mark worldwide. Granted, this is still a way off from Marvel’s best, and certainly nowhere near the amounts the Avengers films have made, but it’s not done yet and is still to open in some territories. Does this mean that film critics are now redundant? Of course not. But it does show that the demand for superhero flicks and the desire to see ever more comic books brought to life shows no signs of being satiated, bad reviews or not.

IS A CLASSIC ABOUT TO BE REMADE BY THE ORIGINAL DIRECTOR’S SON?An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London (1982) is a bona fide classic, perfectly treading the incredibly fine line between horror and comedy with utter precision. Many attempts have been made to replicate such a genre mash-up, and most if not all have failed (with special mention to the awful 1997 sequel An American Werewolf in Paris). There are certain movies that most sane people would demand should never be remade, and this is one of them. But what if such a remake were done by the son of the original film’s director? That’s the intriguing possibility brought on by reports in Bloody Disgusting who say that Max Landis may be following the lycanthropepe route first blazed by his father John Landis. When asked recently, he said:

Since I get the question all the time:
There’s only one of my dad’s movies I’d ever be willing to try to remake and I’m already doing it.

This followed news that he was developing a remake for his father, so it doesn’t take too much to put two and two together. He’s since gone on to release a wishy-washy retraction, but the idea is so interesting it’s not going away anytime soon. What do you think? Should the original be left alone – as many will continue to believe – or is our demand for nostalgia entertainment so strong that a new stab at this would be mostly welcomed? We’re not sure. Just as long as no one ever attempts to remake Back to the Future. Got that?