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Is Hollywood Gaining Courage?

People who were either alive long enough or have done a lot of studies on the entertainment industry in Hollywood have noticed that there seems to be a cycle. This cycle often involves a time period where studios were more creative with their productions, and then the time period where studios have played it safe. We are coming from a recent era of watered down PG-13 films. One of the most frustrating things about those PG-13 films is that more likely than not, they were watered down films. One of the issues is that Hollywood was so desperate to bring in profits that studios have often watered down films in the editing stages. Fortunately, a lot of these watered down releases like Live Free or Die Hard have seen extended versions.


As recent as 2012 there were discussions on certain films in being cut down for a PG-13 rating. One film that sticks out is Prometheus. Fortunately, a survey has ensured that the film had an R rating. About 3 years later, another film was faced with the PG-13 rating. This film was Mad Max: Fury Road. That film eventually has been granted an R rating. However, the content in the film barely warranted it.


The past couple of years have seen mainstream action films with a ton of violence that has granted it a hard R rating. One movie that comes to mind is Deadpool, the first Marvel character that has received an R rating since Blade and The Punisher. Deadpool has turned out to be a success. The most recent films that have gotten R ratings are John Wick Chapter 2 and Logan. These movies have gone on to be critically acclaimed. They have also gone on to show that a movie does not have to be a watered down PG-13 mess to make profits. Also, movies like Logan have taken risks and allowed themselves to tell the story that was meant to be told. Therefore, Hollywood is finally realizing that it pays to be courageous.


The Man From U.N.C.L.E’s Robert Vaughn Dies at 83

Hollywood had to say goodbye to beloved actor Robert Vaughn. Vaughn was a well-known actor but most known for starring in the hit TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


Vaughn co-starred with David McCallum in the popular show which created multiple spin-offs. He later appeared in several films alongside Steve McQueen and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bullitt. Vaughn also starred in the TV series The Lieutenant created by Gene Roddenberry. Vaughn had a brief stint in Broadway, performing in Twelve Angry Men, The Real Inspector Hound and The Pilgramage Play.


Robert Vaughn was born in New York to parents who were already in show business. Vaughn received a degree in theater from Los Angeles City College. His parents divorced and later decided to move in with his grandparents in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Throughout his life, Vaughn was politically active. He was a long-time member of the Democratic Party and was one of the first actors to publicly protest the Vietnam War. Vaughn had political ambitions of his own, but denied it during a 1973 conversation.


Family members announced he died from acute leukemia, which he had been receiving treatment for the last few years. Vaughn had roles in The Young Philadelphians, The Magnificent Seven and appeared in several television shows including: Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Father Knows Best. Vaughn earned an Emmy for his performance in Washington: Behind Closed Doors. Vaughn also played the villain in Superman III. He was recently featured in Law & Order SVU and appeared in all but one episode of British television series Hustle. Vaughn also appeared on the final season of The A-Team, playing the character General Hunt Stockwell, a CIA operative whom the team worked for and do missions.




The Dread Of Reshoots

When people hear the word “reshoot”, alarms sound off in their heads and they seem to take that as a sign that the movie is doomed. While a lot of people do not like hearing about reshoots, it is important to know that they are more common than believed. As a matter of fact, some of the best movies had reshoots. One example of a good movie that had reshoots wasJaws when Steven Spielberg saw that in the trailer for the movie that one of the scenes with Jaws didn’t have the effect on the audience that he wanted. As a result, he has reshot the scene in order to bring out the intended effect. Jaws turned out to be one of the best movies of all time.


Reshoots have always been a common occurrence in the Hollywood industry. In many cases, they have made movies better and actually added value to the films. However, when it came to films like Suicide Squad and Rogue One, people often howled in protest. In many cases, reshoots mean one of two things; either the film is a mess or the studios want to change the tone of the film to make it more kid friendly.


With films like Suicide Squad, the purpose of reshoots was reportedly to make it more lighthearted. This has caused an outrage to fans of the DC comics because some DC characters, particularly Batman and the Suicide Squad are meant to be darker and a little more mature. Fortunately, there is an extended cut planned for Blu-ray. Perhaps the problem with reshoots is when they have seen the complete movie as it was originally intended and then decided to change the overall intention of the story, typically to make it lighter.


Then there are other films that had reshoots, but the film have turned out well. Often times, these films only had reshoots in order to add some scenes to flesh out the story. Among these films is Mad Max Fury Road. This film has reportedly had reshoots and the final product has turned out to be one of the most enjoyable rides for audiences. Whether people love them or hate them, reshoots are common in Hollywood productions and they are here to stay.

Barkhad Abdi to Join Blade Runner 2

Blade Runner 2 Adds Barkhad Abdi to Cast

When it first hit theaters, Blade Runner was not the critical success many were hoping for and yet it remains a cult classic film in the science fiction genre. So it’s no surprise that now a sequel to the original is definitely in the works.

Blade Runner is based off of the 1968 Phillip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and set in the dystopian future of 2019. In the movie, law enforcement officers known as “blade runners” are tasked with killing superpowered androids who are not welcomed visitors on Earth.

Although most specific details regarding Blade Runner 2’s production aren’t known right now, a notable one is that Barkhad Abdi has been cast for the film. Abdi is most known for his role as a Somali pirate in the 2013 movie Captain Phillips, a role that landed him an Oscar nomination. Abdi’s role in Blade Runner 2 is unknown for the moment, but he has been in other films including The Brothers Grimsby and Eye In The Sky. Also of note is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard from the first movie.

Other actors who will playing new characters in the movie include Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling and Dave Bautista but their roles in the film are also unknown. Ridley Scott will also be returning to the series, but as a producer while Denis Villeneuve will now sit in the director’s seat.

Indiana Jones 5: Ford Still in It

It seems that Hollywood still loves their sequels, as does the viewing public. In a recent interview with Steven Spielberg, the director let slip that the now age 73 actor Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as the titular Indiana Jones in the most recent installment. Even though he’s getting on in years, Ford did most of his own stunts in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and according to Spielberg he keeps himself in excellent shape.

This news is exciting for long-time fans of the film series, as how can you have Indiana Jones without Harrison Ford? Still, one does worry that the plot to the 5th iteration of the franchise will be better than the 2008 snoozefest Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For us die hard series fans, it’ll come as a relief as well that Spielberg told the Daily News that he won’t be killing off Harrison Ford in this one – that’s a huge relief! There is some hesitancy because of Ford’s age, but he can handle himself, at least.

One can’t help but be happy to see Harrison Ford step into his old, familiar roles recently, between this Indiana Jones and the most recent Star Wars. Like a pair of warm familiar shoes, you can tell Ford felt at home as Han Solo, and I’m sure the next Indiana Jones will give him the same.

George A. Romero To Receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

The famous horror film director George Romero, 76, is getting his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The announcement was made via livestream on June 28, and Romero’s star will be unveiled sometime in 2017. Other honorees getting their stars include Amy Adams, Goldie Hawn, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt and Rita Wilson.

Directors and actors who specialize in horror films often have a tough time earning respect. They rarely win Academy Awards and just as rarely receive stars on the Walk of Fame. The Zombie Research Society had campaigned unsuccessfully in 2012 to get Romero on the Walk of Fame.

Romero is a particularly deserving honoree. In 1968, he burst onto the scene with “Night of the Living Dead,” which has since become a classic that is also one of the most influential horror films ever made. “Night of the Living Dead” revitalized horror movies, and it inspired a new wave of books and later video games with horror themes. The influence of “Night of the Living Dead” can be seen in TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and movies like “World War Z” and “Zombieland.” Romero’s last movie was “Survival of the Dead.” Made in 2009, it is the sixth film in the “Living Dead” series.

Romero was also the executive producer of “Tales From the Darkside,” a TV anthology of horror shorts that ran from 1984 to 1988. He also wrote the screenplay for “Cat From Hell,” an adaptation of a short story by Stephen King, that was used in the 1990 movie based on “Tales.”

Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter Return

Daniel Radcliffe May Return to Harry Potter series

Daniel Radcliffe, however many roles he may get in his life, will be most remembered as Harry Potter to millions of fans in the movie series based off the books of the same name.

For ten years he starred as the leading role in the movie series from 2011 up until the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011. But even though author J.K. Rowling has already completed the seven book series, with eight films to match, there are a large number of fans who are hoping that she returns to the world she created once more and with some more stories.

Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe himself has been involved in multiple films and enjoyed multiple roles since the end of the series, but the role of Harry Potter is easily his most iconic. In a recent interview, Radcliffe expressed some interest in returning to the role that made him famous, saying that his return would depend on the script he received and circumstances. He added by saying that even though his first answer is simply ‘No,’ there would always be room to give it a second thought at any point in the future.

Overall, it’s not out of the question for Radcliffe to make a return to the series. Rowling herself hasn’t either, since she has been writing the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel movie to the original Harry Potter series.

Anticipation for Suicide Squad Continues to Grow

Since the start of 2016, a steady stream of superhero movies have dominated ticket sales. Recently, the flood of blockbuster releases has temporarily slowed, allowing movie-goers an opportunity to catch their breath. This quiet period comes just in time for the much anticipated Suicide Squad, set to hit theaters in early August.

There are multiple factors that have contributed to the intense buzz surrounding the Suicide Squad release. One such factor is the cast, which has been a topic of heated discussion since it was officially revealed to the public. The actors chosen for the movie are a diverse and talented group. The cast has, unsurprisingly, drawn both criticism and praise, especially regarding the role of Harley Quinn and the Joker.

The Joker is perhaps the most famous Batman character of all time, save for Batman himself. The character has a massive cult following among comic fans and movie buffs alike, meaning Jared Leto has some big shoes to fill. Impressive Joker performances by actors in the past have created high expectations for the larger than life character. Leto has faced inevitable comparisons to Heath Ledger, who famously portrayed the Joker shortly before his death.

Leto’s unconventional acting methods have also contributed to the hype surrounding the film. It is well known that he practices method acting; a controversial technique in which an actor attempts to submerge themselves into a character in order to give a more authentic performance. Leto has made headlines on more than one occasion for his strange on-set antics. He reportedly sent morbid gifts to his fellow cast members, including bullets and a live rat.

Barkhad Abdi to Feature in the Awaited Blade Runner 2

Currently, the film industry is experiencing a breathtaking release of new films boasting of high-quality screen action played by renowned actors in Hollywood. The ongoing groundwork for the anticipated Blade Runner 2, which is a sequel film of the Blade Runner, has elicited a lot of speculations amongst many film lovers.

Blade Runner

Its predecessor film, Blade Runner, did not manage to gain the excepted critical acclaim during its release as compared to Alien, which is also a sci-fi film also produced by the same person, Ridley Scott. However, the film gained enormous recognition from various parties and critics and is now among the best sci-fi movies of all times.

Blade Runners was based on a novel published by Philip K. Dick in 1968 dubbed “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”. Though Philip did not manage to view the complete work of the film before his death, he acknowledged that the movie depicted his inner world perfectly after watching an early footage of the film before its release.

Blade Runner 2

Although details about Blade Runner 2 have been withheld from the public, certain details have managed to reach various parties such as Deadline. It recently unveiled that the Oscar nominee, Barkhad Abdi, from the Captain Phillips film, would be cast in an unknown part in Blade Runner 2.

The film, which is set in the 2019 dystopian future, is set to hit major theaters on October 5, 2017. It boasts of genetically modified androids called replicants that are unwelcome on Earth. This triggered the need to form a law enforcement branch called blade runners to exterminate the androids.

Rowling’s Latest Pottermore Story Tells the Origin of Ilvermorny, an American School of Magic

As fans of Harry Potter have doubtless heard, another film series set in that world is in the works. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them tells the story of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) , the magizoologist who wrote the titular book that is now considered a classic of its kind.

The first movie, which is expected to come out in November, tells of Scamander’s adventures in North America. It also introduces the wizarding community of New York City, where Scamander met people who had attended a school of magic called Ilvermorny.

Over the years, J.K. Rowling has written stories for the website Pottermore that help flesh out minor characters or relate events that happened before or after the books. Her latest contribution to Pottermore tells the story of Ilvermorny and its founder, an Irish woman named Isolt Sayre who was descended from the infamous Salzar Slytherin.

Isolt was raised by her aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt, who shared Slytherin’s hatred of muggles and vowed to ensure that her niece married only a pureblood wizard and never even encountered a muggle. Isolt wanted more from her life and ran away. She boarded the Mayflower and thus became one of the first people to settle in the United States. She eventually married and had children and founded a school, so she could educate them and any other magical children in the area.

Like Hogwarts, Ilvermorny has four houses, but they are named after magical creatures native to North America, rather than the founders. They are therefore called the Wampus, the Horned Serpent, the Thunderbird and the Pukwudgie.