Tuesday, 29 November 2016

CARS 3: In The Summer of 2017, Everything Will Change...

Cars 3 sees the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), his friends Mater (Larry The Cable Guy), Ramon (Cheech Marin)  and his love interest Sally (Bonnie Hunt), as he finds himself gradually shoved aside by aggressive new rookies. 
The third instalment of the Cars franchise set to be released on June 16th, 2017 will  have new characters to support McQueen and prevent him from sharing the same fate as his late mentor Doc Hudson (Paul Newman). 
Cars debuted on the 28th of July 2006, followed by a sequel Cars 2 on the 24th of June 2011 and a spin-off, Planes,  on August 16, 2013. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

King Kong Coming Next March

 Merian C. Cooper's  legendary gigantic gorilla once again comes to life, except this time- the upcoming adventure movie   focuses  on King Kong's origins- something the earlier adaptations did not touch. It is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and serves as a second installment of the Godzilla-Kong film franchise, the first being  2014's Godzilla.

In the  original story line,  a filmmaker (Robert Armstrong) hires a down on her luck young woman (Fay Wray)  as his leading woman in his new film- which is to be shot at a remote exotic island- called Skull Island.  In the course of time, the young woman, Ann and the chartered ship's first mate, Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot) fall in love.  Ann is later kidnapped by the natives after the Captain refuses to exchange her for six native women; and offered as sacrifice to King Kong. She is rescued and Kong is taken to New York City; where he causes major havoc  until he's shot down by the military.

This served as the plot of the 1933 movie and the 2005 remake; the character of Jack Driscoll (Adrian Brody)  changed from the ship's first mate to a writer, who  later goes to rescue Ann (Naomi Watts) from Kong. Fray Wray, who played the original Ann in the original movie was offered a cameo, but she passed away before she could do so.

The 1976 adaptation was the film début of Jessica Lange who played Dwan, an actress rescued by the ship crew on their way to the Island to seek oil; falling in love with Jack Driscoll (Jeff Bridges)- a paleontologist along for the ride. Unlike the 1933 and 2005 adaptations- the final battle took place on top of the World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building.

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts; Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on the 10th of March, 2017.

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" Coming To Netflix

The eight part adaptation of Lemony Snicket's 13 part children series, set be released on the 13th of January 2017, was previously adapted into a film in 2004, starring Jim Carey as the villainous antagonist Count Olaf- who adopts the Baudelaire orphans  and  schemes to steal their  great fortune, after a mysterious fire (which he may have caused) burns their mansion to the ground, killing their parents.  However, in each story to the last book- The End, the Baudelaire orphans always managed to narrowly thwart him.

Neal Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser M.D, How I Met Your Mother) stars as Count Olaf, Malina Weismann as Violet Baudelaire, Louis Hynes as her book/ word obsessed brother  Klaus , Alfre Woodard as Aunt Josephine and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket.

Fun Facts: 

Each book in the series would be adapted into two episodes of the series, with the first four books covered in the first eight episodes.

One of the series' executive producers is the author of the books.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Jackie Chan awarded with long overdue Oscar

After being a force to be reckoned in the movie industry for  five decades, veteran martial arts actor, producer,  director  and singer Jackie Chan finally  received a much deserved Honorary Oscar at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Tom Hanks, who co-presented the award with Chan's past co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker, had this to say:

"As you know, the Governors Awards are a chance for the Academy to recognize unique achievements across an artist's whole body of work, because Jackie Chan, the man who puts the 'Chan' in 'Chan-Tastic,' has worked mostly in martial arts films and action comedies, two genres that have been, for some reason, shall we say, historically underrepresented at the Oscars, a fact that will change if I have any pull on the board of Governors."

"Great acting comes in many different forms, but if you are an actor you always know it when you see it. Jackie Chan's films have been incredibly serious, sometimes gruesomely so, as well as incredibly hilarious delighting millions of people around the globe."

Born Chan Kong-sang on the 7th of April, 1954, Jackie Chan began his career as a stuntman in two of late  martial arts icon Bruce Lee's movies- Fist of Fury  (1972) and Enter The Dragon (1973)

After starring in several Hong Kong movies by Golden Harvest- (the last one being 1998's Who Am I?, Chan made a breakthrough in the American market with Rumble in The Bronx in 1995.

The third installment of his  film Police Story, more known as Super Cop in the States came out in 1996 but his biggest breakthrough was in 1998, when he co-starred with American actor Chris Tucker in the critically acclaimed Rush Hour, reprising his role of Inspector Lee in Rush Hour 2  (2001) and Rush Hour 3  (2007).  His other films include Shanghai Noon (2000) , The Tuxedo (2002), Shanghai Knights ,  The Medallion (2003) and the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid.

Beauty & The Beast's Official Trailer

For many years, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic ‘tale as old as time’ – La Belle et la Bête – (abridged from Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s original story) has been retold in literature, media and theatre, delighting generations of fans across the world.

In Beaumout's abridged version Belle, or rather, Beauty (Belle being French for Beauty) was the youngest of six children-consisting of three brothers and two sisters- of a merchant who lost his fortune and were forced to move from their mansion in the city to a humble cottage in the country. On the merchant's journey back( after failing to retrieve his seized cargo), he lost his way during a storm  and came upon a castle, whose doors magically opened for him. After a good dinner and a good night's sleep, the merchant came across a magnificent rose garden. As Beauty had requested for a rose(unlike her sisters who asked for jewels and clothes), he plucked one... which turned out to be a mistake,  as it incurred The Beast's fury, suddenly appearing before the terrified man. As a condition in exchange for his life, he's allowed to take the rose to Beauty and other gifts but demanded that he returned with her. Beauty hears of the deal and insists on it be met... and the tale really begins to unfold  and then later ends on a happy note.


The Disney animated musical version was released in 1991; the memorable scene with Belle and the Beast waltzing across the ballroom in the castle and its main soundtrack, Beauty and The Beast (which won an Oscar for Best Original Song) adding to its popularity and earning it a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy, the first animated film to be nominated and win such.
Following last year’s successful live action remake of Cinderella, Disney is set to release Beauty and the Beast on the 17th of March, 2017; starring Harry Potter alumni Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as the villain Gaston and Kelvin Kline as Belle’s papa, Maurice.

View official trailer below:

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Raj Gets A New Girlfriend, Sheldon A New Idea

Raj (Kunal Nayyar) has  been the rather annoying third wheel since his breakup with Emily and Claire in Season 9;  inserting  himself a bit too much in Howard and Bernadette's lives as they prepare to welcome Baby Wolowitz. But it looks like Dr. Koothrappali is back  in the dating game, as seen in the next episode of The Big Bang Theory-The Brain Bowl Incubation-  an attractive woman working at the university catches his eye, Isabella ( Maria Canals-Barrera).

But we mustn't hold our breath... Raj is good at sabotaging his relationships and he just might do it again. Isabella is actually a cleaning lady,  which just might cause  some friction  as Raj would be too embarrassed to introduce her to his friends. Seriously Raj, grow some and we don't mean balls!

Meanwhile, Sheldon (Jim Parsons)  surprisingly attempts to seduce his  girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) ; his motive being taking the big step at parenthood with her, after taking a genetic test.

An actual longing or another 'experiment'?  Either way, such unexpected behaviour on Sheldon's part is bound to freak out poor Amy!

Watch The Big Bang Theory Season 10, Episode 8 -"The Brain Bowl Incubation"- airs on Thursday, November 10 at 8 p.m ET on CBS.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

XXX Returns in 2017

The Fast & the Furious star Vin Diesel reprises his role  of the rebellious extreme sportsman turned spy   in the upcoming third installment of the XXX franchise ;  XXX:Return of Xander Cage.

Diesel first appeared as Xander Cage in the 2002 movie XXX but due to his commitment to star in The Pacifier, actor/rapper Ice-Cube was given the main role as  the 'new XXX'- Darius Stone in the 2005 sequel- XXX: State of The Union, directed by Lee Tamahori.

XXX3 also stars Samuel L. Jackson- reprising his role of Xander's handler  NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons, Deepika Padukone, Toni Collette and Donnie Yen.  Directed by  D. J. Caruso, produced by Vin Diesel, Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Samantha Vincent,  it will be released  on January 20, 2017 by Paramount Pictures.

Reel Sum Up: Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns  after a self- imposed exile for a new, assignment with his handler, Augustus Gibbons; this time to retrieve a deadly weapon.