John Cena started as a professional wrestler, but now he’s a legit comedy actor. There have been a handful of wrestlers who have made the transition to film, but most have went into the action genre. I’d say Cena is the first real comedic actor to come from the ring.
You can catch him in the upcoming wedding comedy, Vacation Friends, alongside Lil Rel Howery, Meredith Hagner and Yvonne Orji.
The straight-laced couple Marcus (Howery) and Emily (Orji) befriend the wild, thrill-seeking partiers Ron (Cena) and Kyla (Hanger) at a resort in Mexico, and the results lead to a raw and raunchy comedy. Living in the moment, the level-headed couple lets loose and takes advantage of a week of uninhibited fun and debauchery with their new ‘vacation friends,’ but months later the couple shows up uninvited at their wedding, creating chaos in their wake and proving that what happens on vacation, doesn’t always stay on vacation.
Howery plays a great straight man, so it’ll be fun to see him reacting to Cena’s craziness. It’s been a long road to production for this story, which was originally bought by 20th Century Fox in 2014. Back then, Ice Cube and Chris Pratt were set to star.
The comedy is set to drop on Hulu on August 27, 2021.
It’s difficult to not love Will Sasso. The Canadian actor/comedian is perhaps best known for his work on Mad TV, and for starring as Curly in the 2012 film reboot of The Three Stooges.
Most recently, he’s worked on the comedy series Loudermilk, which was co-created by Peter Farrelly.
And it looks like Sasso and Farrelly will be teaming up again for the upcoming sports comedy, Champions of the Universe. The 46-year-old actor is set to star in the movie, which is being produced by Farrelly and directed by Marshall Cook.
Pic tells the story of a former college football star (Sasso) who misguides his elite athlete son while diluting himself in a small town flag football rivalry with his son’s stepfather.
Cook and Sasso reportedly wrote the script together. Financing for the project is being brought to you by Anamorphic Media Inc.
Cook had this to say about the project finally coming together…
Will and I put a lot of love into this script and there’s no one better for the lead role than him. Sara is incredibly savvy and I’m beyond grateful she was able to put this together. Having Peter Farrelly join the team is literally a dream come true.
It certainly sounds like it has potential, especially with Sasso in the lead role. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for more news regarding this film in the future.
David Harbour is used to working in the family-friendly space. He’s played the lovable Jim Hopper on the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things‘ for years now. And while that show primarily deals with lab-created monsters, Harbour is preparing to deal with another type of monster.
He’s set to star in the upcoming family adventure film, We Have A Ghost. Joining him will be Anthony Mackie, Tig Notaro, Jennifer Coolidge and Jahi Di’Allo Winston.
Christopher Landon will write/direct the film for Netflix. He previously worked on Happy Death Day and Freaky.
The film centers on Kevin, who finds a ghost named Ernest haunting his new home. Kevin subsequently becomes an overnight social media sensation, along with his family. But when he and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of the latter’s past, they become targets of the CIA.
Sounds like a fun little premise. The script is reportedly based on a short story written by Geoff Manaugh, so congrats to him. Getting a feature film made out of your short story. That’s not a bad life.
The report makes it sound like Landon is still working on the script, so filming probably won’t begin until later this year, which means you’re probably looking at a release date in mid-to-late 2022.
Four-time Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott is back with another potential masterpiece. The 83-year-old is the director behind ‘The Last Duel’ which was co-written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener.
The historical epic stars Damon, Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Harriet Walter.
Set during the Hundred Years War, Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.
Lots going on there, and historical epics aren’t typically my jam, but with this ridiculously talented crew…I’m still excited to check it out.
The Last Duel is set to hit theaters October 15, 2021, and it should make a huge splash at the box office.
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy‘ may have been slammed by critics, but it’s currently celebrating a major victory at the box office.
LeBron James and the animated Looney Tunes crew grabbed the top spot at the box office this past weekend, bringing in $31.6 million in ticket sales. Many predictions had it bringing in around $20 or $25 million, so the $31 million is a nice surprise.
And even more impressive, it beat Marvel’s ‘Black Widow‘ which brought in just $26.3 million during its second weekend inside theaters. It was a major drop for the superhero flick. A 67% decline from its opening weekend, which some are blaming on its Disney+ release.
Movie theaters are not happy with Disney right now. They believe their new release strategy is costing them ticket sales, and you know what? They’re probably right. If users couldn’t rent Black Widow from their couch on Disney+, the second weekend numbers probably would have been much higher inside theaters.
Without a hybrid release, NATO predicts that ‘Black Widow’ would have secured a much larger opening weekend, somewhere north of $92 to $100 million. And while the film soared past the opening weekends of recent releases like ‘A Quiet Place 2’ and ‘F9,’ its ticket sales quickly dropped off. In its sophomore outing, ‘Black Widow’ collected $26 million, a huge 69% decline. Or, as NATO put it, a ‘stunning second weekend collapse in theatrical revenues.’
But at the end of the day, it’s a new world. Studios are trying to figure out how they can make the most money possible, and right now, the method that seems to work best is this hybrid release.
Will they continue with this streaming/theatrical release when (hopefully) things are back to normal in a year or so? Who knows, but you can bet theaters are going to fight against it.
Well, we have some good news for all you Clerkheads out there. It’s being reported this week that Kevin Smith’s upcoming ‘Clerks III‘ has been picked up by Lionsgate. They’ve acquired worldwide rights to the film, which is set to begin production in just a few weeks.
Filming will take place in New Jersey in August. Smith wrote the script and will direct the project. And yes, all major cast members are set to reprise their roles, including Jay Mewes and Rosario Dawson.
In Clerks III, following a massive heart attack, Randal enlists Dante, Elias, Jay and Silent Bob to make a movie immortalizing his life at the convenience store that started it all.
As most of you probably know, Smith himself experienced a massive heart attack back in 2018 and nearly died, so obviously this story is a personal one for him.
Smith describes the story as the closest one yet to his own biography, with Dante and Randal figuring out how turn the people and stories in their lives into characters. They’ll even be forced to film, as Smith did, in black and white, and Smith intends for the movie-within-a-movie scenes in ‘Clerks 3’ to also be in black and white.
The entire film will be shot in New Jersey, which is something Smith is super proud of. It’s the first time he’s been able to do that since 1993.
No word on a release date, but with Lionsgate behind it, you’d think it would have a fairly widespread theatrical release.
There once was a time when Nicolas Cage was working with some of the biggest studios in Hollywood, including Disney on the National Treasure films.
But that version of Cage, the early-to-mid 2000s version, is much different than Cage in 2021. He’s a man of the people now, mostly starring in indie productions.
His latest film, Pig, is about a freaking truffle hunter named Rob for crying out loud. He’s not out here trying to make millions at the box office. In a recent interview with Variety, the 57-year-old actor talked about how he’d be a little scared of returning to mainstream Hollywood.
I do feel that I’ve gone into my own wilderness and that I’ve left the small town that is Hollywood. I don’t know exactly why Rob left his stardom. It’s never fully explained, and I like that about the movie. But as for me, I don’t know if I’d want to go back. I don’t know if I’d want to go and make another Disney movie. It would be terrifying. It’s a whole different climate. There’s a lot of fear there.
He talked about the pressure that comes along with creating those big budget action flicks…
When I was making Jerry Bruckheimer movies back-to-back, that was just a high pressure game. There were a lot of fun moments, but at the same time, there was also ‘We wrote this line. It has to be said this way,’ They’d put a camera on you and photograph you, and order you: ‘Now say the roller skate training wheels line.’ I’d say, ‘I’ll do that but I’d also like to try it this way.’ On independent movies, you have more freedom to experiment and be fluid. There’s less pressure and there’s more oxygen in the room.
Makes a lot of sense to me. By the way, don’t expect Cage to go crazy in ‘Pig’ — he chose to work on this project specifically because it would show that he’s able to give a subtle performance as well.
I wanted to remind myself and also remind some folks perhaps in the audience or in the media that I could also apply myself to a much more quiet and measured performance style. I had gone on this tear, mission almost, to kind of break form with film performance and what was considered good performance by being naturalistic or photo-realistic or minimalistic.
Pig is set to hit theaters this weekend. Check out the trailer below…
One of the most overlooked people (at least by the audience) in Hollywood is the stuntman/stuntwoman. They make the A list stars look good on camera. They create those beautiful action sequences and put their bodies on the line…all for little recognition.
But thanks to Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, one legendary stuntman is getting his time to shine.
The upcoming Disney+ documentary, Stuntman, is set to hit the streaming service next Friday, July 23rd. It follows Eddie Braun, who has been a professional stuntman in Hollywood for over 30 years.
Braun has done everything from stunt driving on The Dukes of Hazzard TV series to being the stunt coordinator on Rush Hour 3 and so much more. But in recent years, the hard-hitting career had been taking a toll on him, and Braun was looking to get out of the game. But before walking away with all his limbs intact, Braun felt compelled to take on this almost mythical stunt that nearly cost Evel Knievel his life when it went wrong.
That’s right, Braun wanted to go out with a bang. A big bang. He wanted to take a manned rocket and launch it across Snake River Canyon. It’s a stunt that almost went terribly wrong for Knievel back in 1974.
In the years since the Snake River Canyon jump’s failure, several stuntmen had expressed interest in trying to complete it. But Eddie Braun is the only one who made an active attempt. Since his efforts unfolded in 2016, you can easily find out how it turned out, but if you don’t know the outcome, just go along for the ride with this exciting and inspiring documentary.
Check out the trailer below. Kurt Mattila directed the flick. Steven Golebiowski, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia produced.
New Line’s upcoming sci-fi romantic comedy ‘Moonshot‘ is already in production with Chris Winterbauer in the director’s chair. And even though filming started a couple weeks ago, there’s still one more actor set to join the cast.
It’s being reported that Zach Braff has joined the team. He’ll be acting alongside Emily Rudd, Cole Sprouse, Lana Condor and Lukas Gage.
Moonshot is set in a future where Mars has been terraformed and colonized by the best that humanity has to offer. Two very different college students wind up joining forces and sneaking aboard a space shuttle in order to be united with their significant others who were already sent to Mars. According to the report, Braff has been cast as the mastermind behind the effort to colonize Mars, a visionary entrepreneur.
The script was written by Max Taxe, and it looks like this will be his first produced feature. It’ll also be Winterbauer’s first major feature. He previously directed the indie flick Wyrm. So there is a fresh crew involved here with a lot to prove.
It’s been a big week for Braff. Not only did he land this job, but he was also nominated for an Emmy for directing an episode of the hit comedy series Ted Lasso. He previously directed the 2004 film Garden State, as well as the 2014 flick Wish I Was Here.
No word on when ‘Moonshot’ is set to be released, but we’re assuming sometime early next year.
A coming-of-age psychological thriller? Uh, yes please. Filmmaker Pascual Sisto and writer Nicolas Giacobone have teamed up to combine two of my favorite genres into one film.
The first trailer for ‘John and the Hole‘ was released this week. The movie is Sisto’s feature debut as a director. It was selected for last year’s Cannes Film Festival and then premiered at the virtual Sundance Film Festival in January before being purchased by IFC Films.
In John and the Hole, John (Charlie Shotwell), is a 13-year-old seemingly without affect. He walks through his life of privilege as if in a trance — until one day, he discovers a bunker on the property of his family’s house. The existence of this bunker awakens something in John, and he drugs his father (Michael C. Hall), mother (Jennifer Ehle) and sister (Taissa Farmiga), and drops them down the hole without explanation.
That’s certainly different, yeah? It’s a unique premise. Of course, a great premise doesn’t always translate to a great film.
There’s been a few reviews released and the film has mixed-to-positive reviews, with perhaps the most positive review coming from top critic Peter Debruge.
It’s calculated and precise and meticulously constructed in a way that will be of considerable interest to audiences who appreciate stories that unsettle, and those who recognize the precision of Sisto’s approach.
It’ll hit select theaters and be available on demand on August 6, 2021. Check out the trailer below…