Watch Karen Gillan And Lena Headey In First Trailer For Netflix Thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

Netflix is keeping up with its insane summer of fun with the release of a brand new trailer for the upcoming thriller film, Gunpowder Milkshake.

The female-led cast stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Carla Gugino.

The story follows three generations of female assassins who fight to stop a vicious cycle of violence that has haunted their lives, with events taking place over one night.

I love a good “in one day/night” film. They’re usually pretty action-packed, because they have to be, you know? They have to tell a complete story in just a day.

The movie is expected to drop on Netflix on July 14, and yeah, the streaming giant paid a lot of money for this flick. We don’t know the exact figure, but reports say it was over $10 million.

Gunpowder Milkshake was directed by Navot Papushado. He co-wrote the script with Ehud Lavski.

Check out the trailer below…

Awkwafina And Karen Gillan Set To Co-Star In Comedy-Action Film ‘Shelly’

Hollywood might still be shutdown (when it comes to production) but that doesn’t mean deals aren’t being made. In fact, more deals might be going down right now.

The most recent package? Awkwafina and Karen Gillan are set to star in the action-comedy film, Shelly. The script was written by Michael Doneger and Liz Storm.

The story takes place a decade after an embarrassing prom prank ran Shelly Wheeler (Awkwafina) out of town and so hardened her heart that she became an ice-cold hit-woman. Revenge threatens to be sweet when she learns her next target is her former high school tormentor, Dianna Park (Gillan).

But when Dianna unexpectedly befriends Shelly, the assassin finds herself in with the cool crowd, protecting her old nemesis against another hit crew hired to kill them both.

People in the industry are saying it’s “Mean Girls” meets “Barry” if those silly comparisons do anything for you.

This sounds like it’s destined for Netflix. And no, that’s not an insult. Netflix is putting out quality content, and has been for a long time.

The project is reportedly being shopped around town as we speak.

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Star Karen Gillan Reveals How The Movie Will Make The Robin Williams Connection

The “not a remake” Jumanji remake, Welcome to the Jungle, is scheduled to hit theaters in December, and the stars of the movie are beginning to talk a little more about it.

While on set, Kevin Hart made it clear that he doesn’t consider this to be a remake…

“I think that’s an important thing to bring up, because people think that this is a remake of the original Jumanji, and it’s not. It’s a continuation. You don’t touch what’s great and try to redo it… In no way, shape or form are we disrespecting, or reshaping, or reforming the original Jumanji. It’s a continuation.”

Of course, one could argue that by continuing it, you are disrespecting it. But we’re not here to argue that point, plus, you probably already know where we stand.

Karen Gillan also talked about the film, and she revealed how the movie is going to make that connection to Robin Williams’ character from the original Jumanji…

“Well I’ve always wondered where Robin Williams’ character went for all of that time in the first one. It was sort of left to the imagination a little. That’s where this film comes in, we get to see exactly where he went and what it feels like and what it looks like I guess that’s the biggest difference.”

It’s likely these new characters are entering the same place where Robin’s character lived for decades, and as they travel through the jungle, they discover little signs of the beloved character.

It could work, I guess. It still feels completely unnecessary, but at least it makes a little bit of sense.

The First Photo From The Set Of New ‘Jumanji’ Film Has Been Released, Featuring The Rock, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan And Jack Black!

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This new Jumanji movie (which is not a reboot, according to The Rock) is happening, and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Honestly. It’s too late now. They have officially started filming the disaster in Hawaii.

Kevin Hart jumped on his Instagram account earlier this week to share one of the first photos from the set. Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black join him in the photo.

He captioned the photo:

“Day 1 of shooting ‘Jumanji’ is officially in the can. We had a amazing first day. The chemistry & energy of our cast & crew was beyond amazing!!!! This movie is going to be dope as hell….Can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow @therock @karengillanofficial & jack black!!! #Jumanji”

We would love to believe him when he promises this movie is going to be “dope” as hell, but he also said similar things while filming Get Hard and The Wedding Ringer.

And as Mr. Bush would say…

 

 

If you’re interested, Johnson revealed their character names. He will be playing Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Hart will be playing Moose Finbar, Gillan is playing Ruby Roundhouse and Black is playing Professor Shelly Oberon.

Hopefully at least two of these characters are just ordinary people who get caught up in the madness of the Jumanji world, because that’s one of the reasons the original film worked so well. It’s likely that the cast is split. If I had to guess, I’d say the Rock’s character and Gillan’s character are actual characters from the Jumanji game itself, which would explain how the film plans to reference Robin Williams’ character from the first movie.

We’ll keep you posted as more information is released. Hart and Johnson are big on social media, so we should expect to see more photos from the set soon. The film is scheduled to be released July 28, 2017.

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy – A Dizzying Array of Alliances and Enemies, but all together it Works

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Guardians of the Galaxy is currently sitting at number one at the box office and has earned an astonishing $94 million so far. It’s also managing to do pretty good with critics. So what is it about Guardians that is earning it such accolades?

This is another comic book adaptation from Marvel. In Guardians, adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a universe wide bounty hunt, after he swipes a magic orb. Main bad guy Ronan (Lee Pace) has plans to control the universe with said orb and will stop at nothing to get it back. To escape Ronan, Quill teams up with Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saladana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (David Baustida).

I was a little surprised that Disney chose to go with Guardians. While I might be familiar with the series, I doubt most non-comic readers are. These are not the familiar and comforting characters that spurned action figures and Saturday morning cartoons, so choosing to make a movie out of them seems like a big risk.

Luckily, it paid off. This is a movie that does not take itself too seriously. Quill, the main character, is a bit of a bumbling egotist who brings back shades of Hans Solo. One clever part to the movie is the ever present mix tape that Quill listens to on an old school Walkman, playing music that shouldn’t fit the scenes, but does. It’s possibly the strangest soundtrack I’ve ever heard, but it works.

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Zoe Saldana as Gamora was a great choice, possibly because this is a woman who is used to wearing full body make-up. This time around she’s all green instead of all blue and she’s completely fantastic. Gamora wasn’t quite as dimensional as her role in Avatar, but she still manages to fit the part seamlessly.

I question why it was necessary to pay Vin Diesel’s likely astronomical price tag to play the part of Groot. Groot literally only says three words the entire movie. “I am Groot.” This is a guy who got $15 million for The Fast Five, so I’m curious as to how much it cost Guardians producers to get him to say the same three words over and over again.

The battle scenes are engaging and clever and no characters are really one dimensional, like you might find in other superhero movies. There is a lot going on, a ton of different locations, and a dizzying array of alliances and enemies, but all together it works.

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You’ll find a lot more humor in Guardians than you will in most superhero movies. There are a few heart wrenching moments as well. The first scene in the movie starts with a cancer stricken mother, dying in a hospital bed. That scene might be a bit much for younger viewers, but the movie really picks up from there.

Disney took a huge risk with this movie and it paid off. If you’re sick of the same old superheroes, then Guardians of the Galaxy will give you something new. These obscure anti-heroes really shine when brought to the big screen and this is a movie that is absolutely worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

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Movie Review: Oculus (2014)

 Oculus (2014) movie posterA cleverly written, and truly unsettling horror

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Oh my god, I finally found a scary movie that actually scares me. That hasn’t happened since I saw the first and only good Paranormal Activity movie.

Oculus starts with a great back story. 10 years before, tragedy struck the Russel family, when Tim Russel (Garrett Ryan) was committed following the brutal murder of his parents. He has recently been released, and now just wants to move on with his life. His sister Kaylie (Annalisse Basso) isn’t so laid back. She is still haunted by visions that she had the night her parents died and she doesn’t believe everything is quite as it seems. Instead, she blames their deaths on the Lasser Glass, a mirror which was in their childhood home. Kaylie tracks down the mirror, determined to prove her brother’s innocence. The problem is, everyone who owns that mirror seems to come to an untimely, and usually mysterious death.

“An evil mirror?” You might be thinking. “How scary can that be?”

My answer is, it will make you fear your mirrors. Seriously, I went home and put sheets over ever single one of mine. I haven’t been able to put on makeup or fix my hair for a week, because I am utterly convinced that a evil supernatural being will use my mirror as a portal while I’m smearing on my lip gloss.

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What makes Oculus unique is that it doesn’t scare through cheap jump scares or gore and blood. It scares through pure dread and some serious mind screwing. It’s impossible to tell if the mirror is evil, or if Kaylie is crazy and the plot unfolds like a corkscrew.

Basso plays the unreliable narrator Kaylie well. She seems genuinely convinced, but at the same time, also a little bit nuts. As the background unravels in flashbacks, you will change your mind about 40 times as to what she really is.

This is an unsettling horror movie, cleverly timed in order to gain the maximum effect from the plot. The director toys with giving you the details, and then takes them back, so you will be left guessing.

This was a cleverly written, and truly unsettling horror, which is difficult to find in the age of Paranormal rip-offs and found footage garbage. Instead of focusing on scary makeup and ridiculous special effects, Oculus goes back to the good old days of writing a movie that actually had a good, multilayered plot.

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It’s really hard to pull off an unreliable narrator movie. In many cases, those who try to do it wind up giving away too much, or just being incredibly confusing (i.e. American Psycho). I haven’t seen a movie mislead an audience so well since I saw eXistenZ. Coming from me, that is incredibly high praise

I will say the ending was a bit of a disappointment, but this isn’t really the kind of movie that will leave you feeling satisfied, with all the lose ends tied up in a neat little bow. There’s no scene where the bad guy comes out, admits all his crimes and then explains why he did it. The movie is designed to leave you feeling unsettled, and the ending will do just that.

And then, just like me, you’ll go home and cover up all your mirrors…just in case.  Watch the official trailer below.

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