by DuongApt at Yesterday, 03:25 AM
Finally, the news you’ve been waiting for: hat news. The somewhat iconic hat of Dr. Alan Grant, as played by Sam Neill in the Jurassic Park franchise, is returning for Jurassic World 3, AKA Jurassic World: Dominion. Of course, Neill is returning as well. But let’s get real here. You didn’t click on this story to read about Sam Neill. You clicked to read about a hat.

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Behold! The hat! Now, this should be a pretty cut and dry story, right? Sam Neill takes to social media to share a pic of the hat he’s wearing in Jurassic World: Dominion. Open and shut, right? Well…not so fast, people. I’m about to blow the lid off this story. Mr. Neill calls the hat “old friend” in his post, implying it’s just the same old hat his character has always worn.
But that’s not true.

Here’s a still from the first Jurassic Park.

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As you can see, that hat is very different. It’s a different color and it’s even a different material. Here’s another image.

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The website Jurassic-Pedia provides a standalone pic of the hat Neill wore in the first Jurassic Park:
While the hat in the pic Neill just shared appears to be some sort of felt material, the original Jurassic hat is a “palm leaf straw hat with 3 inch brim made by Baron Hats in Hollywood.”

Old friend, Mr. Neill? I think not, sir. However, there is some precedent for the “old friend” hat. It looks a lot closer to the hat Neill wore as Grant in Jurassic Park 3.

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But even this hat looks different than the one Neill just shared. For one thing, the band appears to be much thinner. Now, you could argue that I’m making too big a deal of this. “Who cares if his hat is different?” you might be asking. I care, folks. I care. And while I admire Mr. Neill and his acting prowess, it would behoove him to be more honest when it comes to Alan Grant’s hat. In this era of conspiracy theories, “fake news,” and disinformation, we deserve to know the truth about the hat of a fictional paleontologist. This new come from
by DuongApt at Yesterday, 02:58 AM
(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance.)

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Samurai movies have long held a place in the inspiration of Star Wars. It began with The Hidden Fortress. Which was one of the earliest influences on George Lucas’s creation of Star Wars. But Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is perhaps the latest in that line of important Jidaigeki films that brought new life to Star Wars. Even the word, Jidaigeki, which translates to mean “period dramas,” had a hand in shaping Star Wars and is thought to be where the word “Jedi” came from. What better place than Japan to take the name for a spiritual, futuristic samurai warrior with a blade and a code of honor?

The words “Lone Wolf and Cub” are some of the first to come to mind when one takes a look at The Mandalorian. Watching the Mandalorian (a culture rooted as a Samurai stand-ins) protecting a young baby and fighting through wave after wave of enemies evokes the very same feelings.

Lone Wolf and Cub’s influence on The Mandalorian is immediately apparent. And makes it a must-watch for cineastes and Star Wars fans alike. But there’s so much more to it.

Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

Based on the manga comic books that began publishing in 1970 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is one of the rare ‘70s comic book movies that work. That it doubles as a sort of exploitation flick that would rise to prominence in that era certainly didn’t hurt its reputation as important either. The Wu-Tang Clan even sampled dialogue from a bastardized English language version of the film and if you squint. It looks very much like a Quentin Tarantino film (particularly Kill Bill).

Looking past the offensive marks of its age, the film is thrilling in its execution as it blends the quiet reserve of a Kurosawa film with the violent action of exploitation cinema. Directed by Kenji Misumi, it tells the tale of Itto Ogami, the Shogun’s Executioner. When a competing clan frames him for a crime he didn’t commit. He goes on the run to seek his vengeance. Unfortunately, the framers have also killed his wife, leaving him with his toddler son, Daigoro, to look after.

In a particularly tense scene, he offers Daigoro a sword or a brightly colored ball. The two-year old is given a choice he doesn’t comprehend. Though his father is convinced his destiny will make the right choice for him. If he chooses the ball, he will join his mother in the afterlife. If he chooses the sword, he takes the life of the assassin with his father.

Naturally, he chooses the sword.

The aesthetic of the grizzled ronin seeking revenge while pushing a child in a cart is at the heart of The Mandalorian. Granted, the circumstances of the Mandalorian finding the child and Ogami’s situation are miles apart, the eventual effect is the same.
The fight scenes in Lone Wolf and Cub have a hand-held energy to them and an intensity that feels replicated in The Mandalorian, particularly any time Mando has to face off against the forces of the Empire. There’s an tension in the action that finds you laughing when it release. And I find that true of both Lone Wolf and The Mandalorian.

The Climactic Duel

The thing about the Lone Wolf is that he allows everyone to underestimate him. Especially since the child’s pram is as full of tricks and surprises as a Mandalorian’s gauntlets. As we get closer to reaching the climax of the film. The targets he’s been hired to assassinate close in on him and he is without his precious sword. Though he is disarmed, he is not defenseless. And we find that the baby carriage has been hiding a number of secrets, including weapons.

The most surprising might be its bullet proof underside, as one of the targets is a pistol-wielding maniac. It feels much the same as a moment Clint Eastwood has in A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Which was also lampooned in Back to the Future III. Where he reveals a makeshift bulletproof vest. The Man With No Name Trilogy is often cite as an inspiration for Star Wars. Jeremy Bulloch’s portrayal of Boba Fett, in particular.

The energy of this action scene in Sword of Vengeance and the reveal of each of the weapons feels very much like numerous fights the Mandalorian has on the show, in particular the use of the whistling birds in the third episode. “The Sin,” directed by Deborah Chow.
The way the stakes build and we learn more and more of the former executioner’s skill and the more danger he faces. The more invested we become in the outcome of the fight. The Mandalorian builds those stakes episode after episode in many of the same ways, creating that perfect balance of character, context, and action.

Classic Cinema

Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is a classic of Japanese filmmaking in the mode of ‘70s exploitation. It alternates vibrantly between loud and quiet. And it has a bombastic sense of violence that will put a smile on your face. You really can’t help smiling when you see that much technicolor-red blood gush everywhere. Doubly so when the baddies deserve it.

And Tomisaburô Wakayama’s portrayal of the Lone Wolf is every bit as stoic as Pedro Pascal’s turn in The Mandalorian. In fact, Wakayama’s job might have even been harder. As he had to produce the stone-cold sangfroid with his face without the benefit of a Mandalorian helmet.

Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance as well as the other five films in the Lone Wolf and Cub series are currently streaming on The Criterion ChannelYou can find them in a gorgeous Blu-ray box set from Criterion as well. 

A warning for viewers: there is a horrifying rape scene in the film and a situation where the Lone Wolf must sleep with a sex worker in order to save both of their lives. It definitely shows its age in ways that modern audiences will find unnecessary and offensive.
by clarkkenallstar at 08-04-2020, 04:50 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: The Kissing Booth’s Joey King is in negotiations to star opposite Brad Pitt in the action-thriller Bullet Train for Sony Pictures.

Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch will direct and also supervise the script, which will be written by Zak Olkewicz. The film has been moving at light speed since Leitch attached himself last month with Pitt coming on shortly after, marking his first film commitment since winning his first Oscar for acting in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. The film is looking at a fall start in Los Angeles.
The film is based on the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” by best-selling author Kotaro Isaka. Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada of CTB Inc., who represent Isaka and the IP, are executive producers on the project

Harvill Secker has separately announced that it will publish the novel “Bullet Train” in English next year. Leitch and Kelly McCormick will produce “Bullet Train” through their company 87North, along with Antoine Fuqua. Kat Samick is exec producing and Brittany Morrissey is the executive overseeing the project for Sony Pictures.
Sony recently announced that the studio is developing One Punch Man, also based on a popular Japanese manga, that they hope has franchise potential.

Plot details are vague. According to sources, Kings plays one of four leads opposite Pitt; King is believed to be the only woman in the group. It would be King’s most action-heavy part to date, giving her a role that could lead to more roles in films like it in the future the way The Edge of Tomorrow did for Emily Blunt and Iron Man 2 did for Scarlett Johansson.

King has already had a big summer after Netflix premiered the sequel to her smash hit romantic comedy, The Kissing Booth, as well as announcing a third film, which is already shot and King returning to star. She is also coming off her Emmy-nominated role of Gypsy in Hulu’s limited series The Act and will also produce series for Hulu after striking a first-look deal with the streaming service. She is the youngest person to strike a deal with a streaming network.

She is attached to headline and Executive Produce the limited series, A Spark Of Light, by Sony Pictures TV based on the bestselling book by Jodi Piccoult. She will also produce and star in The In Between, written by Marc Klein, for Paramount Players.

She is repped by UTA, Coast to Coast Talent Group, Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment, ID PR and attorney Howard Fishman.
by clarkkenallstar at 08-04-2020, 04:48 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Scott, who had a breakout performance as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin, is set to co-star with Hamilton star Anthony Ramos in Amblin Partners’ upcoming comedic sci-fi film Distant. Scott joins the film after the withdrawal of Rachel Brosnahan, who had to part ways with the project due to scheduling conflicts with production on the next season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film tells the story of an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must contend with the challenges of his new surroundings, while making his way across the harsh terrain to the only other survivor – a woman who is trapped in her escape pod. Blades of Glory directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon will direct. Spenser Cohen penned the spec script

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger and Anna Halberg will produce. Speck and Gordon will also serve as executive producers, along with Jonathan Rothbart and Matt Hirsch. Kevin Vafi will co-produce. Jeb Brody, Amblin Partner’s President of Production, and John Buderwitz, Creative Executive, will oversee for the studio.
After making her film debut in Lionsgate’s Power Rangers pic, Scott beat out a number of individuals  for the coveted role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s live action adaptation of Aladdin. The film impressed fans and critics alike, not only because of her acting chops but her singing skills as well. The film went on to gross over a billion dollars at the worldwide box-office and put Scott on everyone’s radar including Elizabeth Banks, who would quickly tap her as one of the new stars of Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot.

Scott is repped by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment, Narrative and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
by clarkkenallstar at 08-04-2020, 04:44 PM
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Actor Jenna Ushkowitz announced her engagement to David Stanley, sharing a photo of her dazzling ring, on Instagram.

According to sources, the 64-year-old actor captioned the shot, "Yes, a million times, yes," in a picture which also featured Stanley and their French bulldog Bear that she shared on Sunday (local time).

Stanley, who has been dating Ushkowitz since 2018, also shared the same image on his Instagram page, posting, "Yes."

As news of Ushkowitz's engagement made the rounds online, the fellow bride-to-be and pop star Demi Lovato expressed her excitement in the comments.


Media sources reported that in June, Ushkowitz and Stanley celebrated their two-year anniversary.

"2 years of getting to know you, travelling, laughing. 2 years of growth, learning about each other, ourselves, our love and 2 years of creating our little family. Can't wait for all the days, months, years to come. Happy anniversary mi amor," she wrote on Instagram at the time.

Ushkowitz's engagement comes weeks after she and some other stars mourned the tragic death of Naya Rivera. Last month, Ushkowitz posted touching tributes to her late friend.
by DuongApt at 08-04-2020, 06:33 AM
In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, bound for Tonga with four crew. After a freak wave capsized the yacht, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.

119 days abandoned (119 ngay sinh ton) at sea makes you appreciate what you have. During a pandemic when things we take for granted are no longer available. I’d much rather take the situation we’re dealing with now than be stuck at sea for 4 months. The 4 guys create a colony on the boat.

The men create friendships, growing with every day and they work together to overcome the impossible obstacle they’re faced with. Just a feel good movie. When all the men return home and their families are in awe, it makes you appreciate your family even when you want to get out of the house during quarantine. Recommend everyone to watch this, you may not like the characters, but the message is powerful and I will never forget this movie.

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A well-told story with some good acting in Abandoned (phim hanh dong my). I like that there is no bond of friendship formed, no heroic acts of self sacrifice, no monumental moment of decisive action: just day-to-day survival at sea in very precarious circumstances.

Movie Info

Director: John Laing
Writer: Stephanie Johnson
Stars: Dominic Purcell, Peter Feeney, Owen Black
by DuongApt at 08-04-2020, 05:40 AM
Dave Bautista is not content with playing just one beloved comic book character. The Guardians of the Galaxy star wants to add supervillain to his resume. Bautista revealed that he tried to land the part of Bane in Matt Reeves‘ The Batman starring Robert Pattinson. But despite his best efforts, he could not. Which may be for the best since the film is already jam-packed with some of Batman’s most famous rogues. Including Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Carmine Falcone.

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The story started this weekend. When a fan on Twitter asked Bautista about speculation on whether the Guardians of the Galaxy actor could be cast as Bane in the upcoming The Batman. “I just read an article speculating that @DaveBautista may be, should be, could be, playing Bane in the new #Batman movie with Robert Pattison. Please, DC movies… So make it happen,” the fan wrote. 

Bautista replied with short and concise shutdown of the casting rumors: “Unfortunately it’s not. Tried my best.”

Bautista’s tweet follows a rather optimistic December 2019 tweet in which the actor hinted at a part in a Warner Bros. movie with a black-and-white photo of the studio’s offices with the caption, “It won’t come to you so get after it!! #DreamChaser.” While there’s no confirmation that this Bane part was what he was referring to in the 2019 tweet, it certainly feels likely. 
Batman’s rogues’ gallery is one of the most famous in comic book history. Featuring such a wide variety of colorful and unique villains that the Caped Crusader is often in danger of being overshadowed. Already the film features at least three of Batman’s most well-known rogues. So adding a villain like Bane. Who was recently portrayed by Tom Hardy in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. May tip the film into overstuffed territory.

But you never know — though Bautista didn’t land the part. That doesn’t mean Bane won’t show up and join the cast that includes Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Colin Farrell as the Penguin. Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler. Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Andy Serkis as Alfred. John Turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as new character Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson. So newcomer Jayme Lawson as a mayoral candidate named Bella Reál.
by DuongApt at 08-04-2020, 04:44 AM
From the director of the first The Fast and the Furious outing. The Hurricane Heist, willingly or not, drags viewers into the eye of the storm at gale force speed.

Yes, it’s a tidal wave of cheesy dialogue, overcooked special effects, preposterous plots, and cardboard cut-out villains, but it’s a breeze to watch.

The script never rises to the epic promise of its title. But if cinema-goers are looking to blow off some hot air (and for some priceless social commentary). Then this disaster flick tops the escapist entertainment barometer.

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Toby Kebbell in this movie

It’s easy to pick holes at a storyline that expects its audience to believe a criminal gang are capable of bagging $600 million from the high-security U.S Treasury mint as a Category 5 hurricane approaches. But were you really going to see it for its stellar plot?

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The Hurricane Heist (Cuop Trong Tam Bao) isn’t as clever as it thinks it is, and characters are only introduced so that we can guess as to who will live or die. But the dumb spectacle isn’t a complete washout. In fact, it’s so deliriously bad, it’s kind of good.

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The action (phim hanh dong 2020) starts in the opening frame and never lets up. As flying hubcaps soar, a skull in the storm motif flashes by and a Batmobile-style weather truck zooms around a deserted town to save the day, the destruction and carnage becomes unintentionally hilarious.

Director Rob Cohen’s latest outing is far from being the perfect storm. But it twirls along with just enough silly action to keep it clear of a red warning. This review comes from
by DuongApt at 08-04-2020, 04:14 AM
From the makers of Angry Asian Murder Hornets and 5G Zombies comes the craziest dino horror movie of all time in Ebola Rex.

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Last week we warned that the makers of Angry Asian Murder Hornets and 5G Zombies were up to something devious. It was later revealed that they will be closing out their summer 2020 trilogy of craziness with the ultimate dino-slasher Ebola Rex. Shot in the same amount of time it takes to get a bloodied Florida Man off the hood of your semi-truck. The full trailer for Ebola Rex has washed up out of the sewer. Get your mask on, slide into those rubber gloves. And prepare for the most Drive-In movie of a summer built on Drive-in movies.

Quote:During a "Dino Lives Matter" protest, a captive Tyrannosaurus Rex is injected with the Ebola Virus by a crazed protester and escapes a lab to wreck havoc in Southern California. It's up to an obsessed, renegade Soldier (Ken May, "RoboWoman") to stop it."

Starring Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game of Death). Mike Ferguson (Moon of The Blood Beast). And Erik Anthony Russo (Angry Asian Murder Hornets). From the Creators of Angry Asian Murder Hornets and 5G Zombies. Available September 1st on VOD and DVD from SCS Entertainment.

5G Zombies and Angry Asian Murder Hornets were based on real-life stories ripped directly from the headlines. And sensationalized for the utmost in goofy horror. Ebola Rex is taking it a step further, venturing into territory that certainly could become real. Around the time of production, a story started to circulate that science was ready to clone real-life dinosaurs between now and 2025. That hasn't happened yet, but we're getting there.

Ebola Rex also shot into production. And is arriving this fall as news spread that Jurassic World 3: Dominion had paused production, and has been delayed. Here's something to fill in the gaps, as Sam Neill, original star of the first Jurassic Park. Announced that he is finally putting his hat on this week and returning to the Dominion set as production resumes filming with the principle actors.

The 5G Zombies trailer arrived during the first leg of lockdowns in the U.S. to cash in on quarantine fears across the country. The movie debuted May 1, culled together from footage shot by actors at home along with an old zombie movie. The story sees the human race struggling to survive as governments have conspired to turn the citizens of the world into zombies via their new 5G cell service.

Angry Asian Murder Hornets revolves around a fictional invasion of giant, mutated Murder Hornets in Southern California. It's up to the local Anthropologist to find a way to destroy them before it's too late. Which looks easier said than done in this modern throwback to the 1950's era giant critter flicks. So it arrives on June 1, just one month after 5G Zombies release. If that tells you how fast these guys have been pumping these cheese balls out for consumption.

Ebola Rex, arriving on September 1, had a little bit more time in production. Perhaps it will be the crowning achievement in this trilogy of true terrors. Maybe the gang behind these crazy direct-to-VOD experiments can make Florida Man: The Movie next. So you know someone is going to. Just cull all the found footage of Florida Man viral videos. And string it into a pastiche like these other outings and voila, instant hit.
by DuongApt at 08-04-2020, 04:01 AM
Brett Ratner lays the blame for less Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand directly at the feet of the screenwriters.

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Brett Ratner is best known for his Rush Hour series of action-comedies. But the filmmaker also took a stab at the superhero genre when he directed 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Recently, Vinnie Jones, who played the role of fan-favorite character Juggernaut in the movie. Put Ratner on blast for cutting out many of Juggernaut's most important scenes. In a since-deleted Instagram post. Ratner laid the blame for the whole affair at the doorstep of the movie's script writers.

Quote:"For those interested with regard to @TheVinnieJones reported comments that I "dissolved and mugged off" the role of Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand, is inaccurate. All I can say is, too many evil mutants too little time! Let's be honest, Mystique is easier on the eyes! In all seriousness, I shot the script I was given and I was not able to expand the role of Juggernaut as per Vinnie's request due to the extremely limited time I had to deliver the film."

"I have the utmost respect and admiration for Vinnie Jones and his talent and thought he created a memorable character. Hopefully one day we will see a stand-alone Juggernaut film starring #VinnieJones! We can watch it mask free on @disneyplus in a pub near you since there might not be any more movie theaters in the future. #ImTheJuggernautBitch #XMen #XMenTheLastStand #XmenMovies @marvel"

With that explanation, Brett Ratner has washed his hands off any blame for the way that the character of the fearsome Juggernaut, who has taken on the likes of Hulk and Thor in the comics, was reduced to the role of comic relief in X-Men: The Last Stand. His stand is in direct contradiction to what Jones had said during a recent interview that kicked off the whole controversy.

Quote:"Brett Ratner basically dissolved the character. I was in my f***ing trailer half the time. It's one of the most disappointing jobs I've been on as far as, you know, 'What am I doing here?'"

"It wasn't the same Juggernaut as I signed on for. They took his storyline away, they'd taken his character away, his dialogue. I had two big meetings with Brett about it, and he said, 'Yeah, yeah, it's coming. They're writing stuff for you as we speak' and it never f***ing happened."

Considering the movie was made a decade ago. There is little chance of getting to the bottom of who should be assigned what proportion of the blame for the less-than-stellar portrayal of Juggernaut that fans got to see in X-Men: The Last Stand. Fortunately, the character got some degree of redemption in Deadpool 2, where his appearance was much more comic-accurate, and the full strength and brutality of the unstoppable Juggernaut was finally allowed to be unleashed on the big screen in all its R-rated glory.

While Jones' return to the character is unlikely for a standalone movie as suggested by Ratner. Deadpool's Juggernaut has a much better chance of popping up at some point again. This time in the MCU. And fans know what that means. At long last, a big-screen live-action throwdown between the Hulk and the Juggernaut. This news arrives from Screenrant.
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