Kurt Russell Will Play Santa Claus In Netflix Christmas Movie Being Produced By Chris Columbus

This time next year, Kurt Russell will be Santa Claus. The actor will star in a Netflix original film being produced by Chris Columbus. In addition to Russell, Judah Lewis (The Babysitter) and Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) will also star in the live-action movie, which plans to sprinkle in some CG elements.

Obviously this film is in good hands with Columbus producing. He directed Home Alone and wrote Gremlins. Hopefully his involvement as producer actually means something with this film. Sometimes people are just listed as producers, even though they didn’t put much effort in the project.

So what will this movie be about? The Hollywood Reporter has the details…

“The story centers on two siblings (Lewis and Camp) who try to prove that Santa is real by catching him on camera. When they accidentally cause his sleigh to crash in Chicago, they have to help get Christmas back on track before it’s ruined. Russell is playing jolly ol’ Saint Nick.”

It does not have a title yet, although it was originally called 12/24. No official release date has been announced, but we know filming is set to begin in January, so it’s likely this film gets released in December 2018.

We will keep you posted!

Final Trailer For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Offers First Look At Star-Lord’s Father, Watch It Inside!

It’s the moment you all have been waiting for. Ever since the first Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters back in August of 2014, fans have been patiently waiting for the sequel.

It took nearly three years, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be hitting a theater near you soon. And this final trailer is very special because it gives us our first look at Star-Lord’s father, played by the wonderful Kurt Russell.

Like the trailers before, you won’t find any spoilers in this one. The franchise continues to do a great job with promotion. They show you just enough to get you excited. Nothing more, and certainly nothing less.

Also, it’s impossible to hate a trailer that features a Fleetwood Mac song. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will hit theaters May 5, 2017, and you can bet it’ll be one of the biggest films of the summer.

Check out the final trailer below…

 

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’ Reveals Full Cast And First Teaser Image As Filming Begins!

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It’s time to get excited. Filming has officially started for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We say officially because Marvel and Disney just confirmed it this morning (Feb. 17), but we know from social media posts from the cast and crew that filming has been going on for at least a week now.

The full cast for the sequel was also released today, and we can finally confirm that Kurt Russell will be in the movie. He won’t be the only new cast member though. Pom Klementieff (Oldboy) has landed the role of Mantis, the newest addition to the Guardians crew. Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) will also star in this sequel in a super secret role.

And of course Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper will be returning. During the filming announcement this morning, Marvel also dropped the official logline for the film…

“Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

Director James Gunn promised there will be more surprises coming soon in a message on his Facebook page, “We’ll have more surprises for you in the coming months. But, for now, this will have to do. I have to get back to set!”

You can check out his full message by clicking this link. And you can check out the first teaser image below! As you can see, Groot hasn’t returned to his full size yet, which makes you believe this sequel will directly follow the events of the first film.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

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Movie Review: The Hateful Eight (2015) – Tarantino in a way I haven’t seen him since Pulp Fiction

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It’s about damn time Quinton Tarantino put out something new. I feel like I have to wait decades between his movies, which sucks, because he is my favorite director.

What can I say? I dig excessive violence.

It looks like he’s digging the historical perspective, as this one is another one set in Civil War era. John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is a bounty hunter crossing Wyoming with unhinged prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) during a blizzard. They pick up a few sidekicks along the way, to include Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), both notably connected to the Civil War on opposite sides.

So it’s clearly set for some conflict, and the tension is almost immediate. Every character in this movie has an ulterior motive and a backstory. It’s Tarantino at his absolute best. As a result, he picked many of the actors he loves to pair up with for movies like this, including Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, who both bring their best to their roles. Another standout is Jennifer Jason Leigh, the sole female character in the film who manages to be an incredibly intriguing character. Her quicksilver temper and over-the-top reactions are perfect and she truly is a stand out character.

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Of course, we can’t go over a Tarantino movie without discussing the gore and there’s lots of it. However, sometimes it went too far, to the point where it almost felt slapstick. There’s a fine line between tongue in cheek violent, and straight up comical, and in that, a few scenes in this movie missed

The running time is painfully long. At 2 hours and 47 minutes, expect a numb butt by the end of this one. That’s especially difficult as there’s an underlying mystery and this whole movie can be a bit exhausting. I feel like a few scenes should have been left on the cutting room floor. I have yet to see a movie over two hours long that couldn’t have been shorter and still been effective…and yes, I’m including Schindler’s list in that equation.

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I do dig the flashback scenes that give us a fully fleshed out look at how all of the characters came together. Tarantino is the king of bending time and making it fit together seamlessly and the Hateful Eight is no exception.

This is a film that you can really sink your teeth into. Despite its long running time, it didn’t really drag out. Instead, you’re kept thinking through the entire thing and there are more than a few surprises in store. This is Tarantino in a way I haven’t seen him since Pulp Fiction, and that’s high art, as far as I’m concerned. While Django Unchained got a bit difficult to watch and was a bit flat in the storyline, Tarantino’s second historical film is better in that he has a lot more character development.

This is absolutely worth the watch, though you may want to get comfortable. You’re going to be there awhile.
WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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Kurt Russell Might Be Playing Star-Lord’s Father In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

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Chris Pratt, your father has been selected…maybe. According to a report from The Wrap, Kurt Russell is James Gunn’s favorite to play Star-Lord’s father in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

This would obviously be wonderful news (who doesn’t like Kurt Russell?) but don’t get too excited just yet. Marvel has not officially offered him the role. In fact, it doesn’t even appear that Russell has read the script; however, meetings have been scheduled between the studio and the actor.

If this report is true, we should be hearing some official announcements soon. Principal photography will start in Atlanta on the sequel in just a few weeks. An interesting connection here is that Vin Diesel (Groot) just finished working with Russell in Furious 7. It wouldn’t surprise me if Diesel put in a good word for the actor. Diesel has a long history of taking great care of his friends in the business. When he finds someone or something he likes, he tends to stick with it, as demonstrated by the announcement of at least three more Fast & Furious films.

As always ,we’ll keep you posted. Let us know if you think Russell would be a good choice for the role. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters May 5, 2017.

Movie Review: Fast 7 (2015) – Utterly Ridiculous, Ridiculously fun!

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Furious 7 is managing an 80%+ approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Is it pity points for Paul Walker’s untimely death? Or is it more related to the fact that this one feels a lot like a final Bromance letter from Vin Diesel to Paul Walker. I choose to believe the latter.

This one occurs shortly after the events of Tokyo Drift. Paul Walker is back as Brian, the now married partner in crime to Dom (Vin Diesel). The team is on another mission, with the help of martial arts expert Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who is Dom’s wife; the class clown Roman (Tyrese Gibson); and the tech wiz Tej (Ludacris)—to combat a double-barreled assault. Deckard Shaw (Jason Stratham) is up to no good, planning to kill them all with the help of kidnapped hacker Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). Ramsey has built a little gismo that allows him to be able to track the team across the globe, whether they be driving through a prince’s party in Abu Dhabi, or zipping through the Caucasus Mountains.

The action is just as powerful as the original, with cars spending so much time airborne that they might as well be planes. The sheer audacity of the ridiculous car chases and battle sequences put this film purely in the ridiculous realm.

Ridiculously fun, I mean.

This is a series that’s more than willing to make fun of itself and the audience is in on the joke. The action might be over the top, but that’s what makes it work. The movie is almost a cartoon in its insanity, but it’s a fun cartoon, with well choreographed fight scenes, bright bold colors and cars that will have most grease monkeys drooling like they’re looking at a centerfold.

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The script is clichéd. The bad guy’s motivation is the old “I’m avenging my brother” trope, despite the fact that said dead brother was a complete ‘rhymes with mickhead’ that kind of deserved to die. Everyone fits into the same old stereotype that they did in other movies. But regardless of the fact that this movie recycles plotlines, and characters, it’s a fun, exciting film to watch as long as you remember to not take it too seriously.

The direction is well done and there’s no ‘fighting in the dark’. Everything is filmed in full color, in all its over the top glory. There are different venues and exciting locales and some well done CGI trickery. As an action movie, it wins.

My biggest gripe was that this one was way too long. It feels like they allowed the director to put out the director’s cut, simply because this was Walker’s last film. While I appreciate the respect they showed his character, my numb backside didn’t. By the time the movie was over, I couldn’t feel my legs.

Despite that, this was a fun exciting movie that was definitely worth the watch. I didn’t expect much, considering it was sequel 7, but I underestimated the power of ridiculous. If you’re in the mood for some pure entertainment, then Furious 7 is absolutely worth the watch.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!  Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below.

four and a half stars

 

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Furious 7 Official Trailer – Some Walker and a lot of Wow!

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E! held a live panel discussion that I have to say was just “painful”.  Thank God that Ludacris and Jason Statham were there because the rest of the cast was like watching very attractive paint dry.  Vin Diesel struggles to find his next thought and Tyrese is so full of himself that even when he’s trying not to be full of himself, it comes off as a guy who is full of himself trying to let people think that he’s not.  (Did you get that?).

Statham and Ludacris are just charming without effort and the Rock who is also super charismatic was unfortunately not there.  However, don’t’ worry, as you can see in the trailer he is in the movie.

Furious 7 is the first film that actually takes place after Tokyo Drift.  The previous films actually take place after Furious 2 and Tokyo drift.  This is something that I did not realize until this past week.   Universal released a seven second behind the scenes video each day up until today in an effort they called “7 Seconds of 7″.  Honestly they were all really not worthy of reporting on because the trailer is all I and most fans really wanted to see.

THE TRAILER

If you are a movie snob, or one of the people who sit there and point out things like physics and gravity and what is real life and what is not, then this isn’t for you and I suggest you click a link and move on.  If you are not, then you will not be able to contain your excitement.  This is everything a car/action movie ever wants to be.  It takes cars, action, money, hot guys, hot girls and fight scenes to the level that modern day blockbusters with IMAX viewing should be.  The movie hits theaters April 3, 2015.

At this point talk (and type) is cheap so without further adieu I present: FURIOUS 7 – THE OFFICIAL TRAILER

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