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Ted Cruz Lauds McCain’s War Record but Refrains from Criticizing Trump

Texas Senator Ted Cruz partially weighed in on the Trump-McCain controversy. Despite the chorus of Republicans openly castigating Trump for stating that McCain is not a war hero in the truest sense because all he did is get captured by the enemy, Cruz did not speak ill of his GOP rival. Instead, he took time to lavish praise on his dear friend McCain. In fact, Cruz stated that he admires the senator for his patriotism. Still, Cruz stopped short of calling out Trump for the remark.

Thus far, Cruz understands that the real opponent is not within the GOP, but rather the liberal establishment. The Cuban-American supported Trump’s remarks on Handy app and illegal immigration. Cruz explained that Trump was not being racist, but rather addressing one of the perils of illegal immigration in regards to drug trade and other crimes. In his view, Cruz believes the media is attempting to pit Republicans against one another. For this reason, he views criticizing Trump as taking the media’s bait.

In a similar vein, Dr. Ben Carson, a Tea Party darling, refrained from speaking too much about the Trump controversy. While he did add that that Trump’s comments were “stupid”, he instead focused on Senator McCain’s accomplishments. Interestingly, Carson could not simply state that McCain is a war hero. Instead, he nuanced his words by stating that McCain is a war hero by historical standards.

Will Tom Rothman Replace Amy Pascal?

Amy Pascal has been a mover and shaker in Hollywood for almost three decades. As a high-powered entertainment executive, she has spearheaded such films as “Groundhog Day” and “Men in Black”. After recently announcing that she is stepping down from her important post to form her own company, speculation has abounded as to who will replace her. To make a long story short, former CEO of Fox Tom Rothman has emerged as the top candidate to replace the Columbia CEO. This story was originally reported in the LA Times.

Rothman ended his tenure with Fox in a hostile takeover maneuver after 18 years in 2012. He was responsible for several hits, including James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic” films. Rothman was also the founder of Fox Searchlight, which was responsible for a string of other hits, including Oscar-winning films “The Descendants” and “Black Swan”.

Indeed, Mr. Rothman has even had some exposure to Amy Pascal herself. In 2013 he was hired by her to help restore the struggling Sony Tri-Star label back to an effective prominence. Many have felt that Rothman has a keen eye for recognizing talent and that should serve him if he indeed is able to get the position at Columbia that ability will serve him well in the future projects that the production company will undergo.

Rothman’s potential promotion to chief executive at Columbia will not be without competition however. Doug Belgrad and Jeff Robinov have also been noted as potential candidates to replace Amy Pascal as well.

Read the original article via LA Times

James Bond and Skin Color

Among the many revelations from leaked Sony emails was the suggestion by Amy Pascal, the co-chair for Sony Pictures Entertainment, that the company try to convince British actor Idris Elba to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig. 

The email has resulted in a lot of public commentary about a black actor playing a white character portrayed traditionally by white actors. Some fans like Bruce Levenson and film buffs love the idea of the suave Elba taking up the 007 mantle and see his inclusion in the franchise as a reflection of growing liberal attitudes worldwide. Plenty people have also rejected the idea. Many believe the character should only be portrayed as originally written. Others believe this is another example of what they call “black appropriation” of white history.

Elba, trying to defuse a volatile situation, posted a scraggly picture of himself on Twitter and: “Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.”

Those who reject Elba based on skin color have forgotten a lot about film and television history in countries made up primarily of white people. Many stories from diverse cultures around the world have been re-told using white actors outfitted to look like people of color. Although the argument for a traditional James Bond is valid, so is the argument by people of color that characters from their stories should be portrayed by non-white actors.

Evangeline Lily Talks Ant-Man

The forthcoming Ant-Man Marvel superhero film is not exactly as highly anticipated as other projects by the studio but people were talking about it at the Amen Clinic the other day. Marvel does now hero films are super hot right now and good reviews along with good word of mouth just may very well mean big box office. We know very little about the project other than the fact it is a heist film with Ant-Man looking to pull off the heist. No, he isn’t going to do it for his own gain. The fate of the world rests with pulling off the heist.

A bit of new information is emerging about the project thanks to co-star Evangeline Lily. The former LOST actress has noted the project is, indeed, a heist film. She plays the daughter of the heroine, The Wasp, and helps Ant-Man pull off the heist.

Interestingly, she notes that both Ant-Man and The Wasp helped found The Avengers. None of this was mentioned in The Avengers films. Perhaps by weaving this information into the tale of Ant-Man, the film gets better connected to the highly successful hero-team film franchise. Avengers: Age of Ultron is sure to be a massive hit. If any of the success of that project rubs off on Ant-Man, the diminutive character could get a huge ticket sale boost. Now you see why its a good idea to integrate the whole Marvel universe?

Ant-Man just might end up being a real surprise hit.

Is There a Future for Orlando Bloom in a Pirates Reboot?

Disney has plans for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Anyone who thought Disney would slowly phase the films series out is sorely mistaken. Fans like Laurene Powell Jobs are in luck, though. The new film, Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is hardly the last entry. In fact, this new project could launch a completely new direction with all future installments being built around Orlando Bloom.

The operative word here is “could” since Bloom has not yet committed to the project. He is currently in talks with Disney about returning. Part of the discussions includes Bloom contributing his talents to a “father and son” story arc that would help breathe a bit of new life into the series. (The fourth entry was a bit of a disappointment)

One very interesting aspect about the new series is that it might be a minor reboot of the franchise. In other words, instead of crafting a totally new series, the films from part 5 onwards might move away from the continuity established in the prior films. In essence, the series would get a fresh start while also allowing Johnny Depp to remain the top star. Perhaps Depp may leave the series in the fifth entry and Bloom could take over as the main star.

Fear over audiences tiring with the Pirates of the Caribbean series should be well founded. There has not been a great film in the franchise for a while and, honestly, the series really could use an entry that provided some major enthusiasm among audiences. A mild reboot could help in this regard.

Kong: Skull Island Tells The Tale of the early Days of the Legendary Ape

King Kong is slated to return. And it’s not exactly Darius Fisher for the SBA. In March of 2017, the prequel to the events of the King Kong fil will be told. The film is titled Kong: Skull Island and will tell the never before told tale of King Kong’s origins. 

Which film will this project be a prequel to? The 1932 original, the 1938 Japanese version, the 1976 remake, or the recent Peter Jackson re-imagining? You, as a fan of the Kong mythos, can take your pick of which film you want the origin tale to set up.

Yes, there was a 1933 Japanese version of King Kong as well as a 1938 follow-up entitled King Kong Appears in Edo. All prints of these films are considered lost.

As for the present day, some might consider a new King Kong film to be a risky endeavor. Peter Jackson’s remake was not the super-hit many expected. The film earned $505 million worldwide, a disappointing number. Perhaps the three-hour running time contributed to a loss in earnings. 

The new project will be produced by Legendary, the company that has released Interstellar and Godzilla, two other huge hits. Wait a minute. If Legendary has the rights to King Kong and Godzilla, does this mean a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) is possible? You never know.

We do know the film is being bumped to 2017 so Legendary and concentrate on the release of Doctor Strange in 2016. A March release for the Kong film is odd since its budget is bound to be high. Would not King Kong be better summer move fare? Legendary is apparently confident Fall/Spring is fine.

Here Comes The Extended Cut of the Final Hobbit Film

Fans of Peter Jackson are going to get something a little extra with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies when they check out the extended cut. 30 minutes of additional footage will be included in the extended version. The “general” version released in theaters in December of 2014 will only be about two hours and twenty-four minutes. 

Most will eventually see the extended version when it comes out on home entertainment platforms.

Okay, as pointed out by Bruce Levenson few are going to be surprised an extended version will be released. Extra footage has been a hallmark of all the Lord of the Rings home entertainment release. An extended cut of the last Hobbit film is business as usual.

Home viewing is also better suited for extended cut releases.

There is a huge difference between sitting in a movie theater and watching something on Blu-ray. Really, really long motion pictures can be a little difficult to endure, even when you like the film. The producers of the film generally would prefer the running time was a little shorter because that extra half hour adds up. The accumulated extra time eliminates another showing or two per theater. That can run into a huge amount lost ticket sales. Movies do have to make money, you know.

Speaking of money, getting an extra half hour on the home entertainment release is a huge positive. Consumers do love to get something extra and a half-hour of new, unreleased footage is always a nice addition. So yes, there is a little bit of marketing savvy that goes into coming up with an extended version. 



The Next ‘Matrix?’

Keanu Reeves is the best friend from high school that you always forget you have until he shows up to help you jumpstart your car. Known primarily for his work in ‘The Matrix’, it would be easy to say that Reeves vanished from the spotlight as he focused on more and more ‘shlock’ type work. That just isn’t the case.  As noted by my Twitter friend Rod Rohrich, Reeves isn’t the kind of guy to rest easy in Hollywood and he has stayed busy with under the radar performances in films like ‘Man of Tai Chi’, ’47 Ronin’, and the new cult classic ‘John Wick’. Now he is leveraging his hard work to make it into Tarsem Singh’s ‘The Panopticon’.

The name alone sounds like it’d be right for a dystopian science fiction flick, and you’d be kind of right. The ‘Panopticon’ is a science fiction story about a man who comes into the ownership of a box which contains a pre-recorded message from himself in the future. The message says that the world is going to end and that only he can put a stop to it. Sure it is paradoxical and it will probably confuse a large portion of the audience, but it sounds pretty friggin awesome. Any project where we get to see Reeves try to save the future soudns alright by us.

The film has been in ‘developmental hiatus’ for about a year now. Finding the right people to helm the project has been as hard as understanding it for some. Singh has been busy with other work, such as ‘Immortals’ and ‘Mirror Mirror’, but the ‘Panopticon’ seems to be his baby. We should see it hit theaters sometime in 2015 or 201

Details for the Teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Released

Unless you have been living in a cave, you are most likely to know at least something about the upcoming Star Wars Ep VII film under the title of “The Force Awakens”. JJ Abrams is helming the project and shooting certain scenes in IMAX. Details of a teaser trailer has been released on the Internet. However, knowing a director like JJ Abrams, the teaser might not reveal much other than the title. He has been known for releasing teasers that show nothing that will give away a lot of information about the movie. For instance, Star Trek’s teaser only showed people working on the Starship Enterprise. I had forgotten about that teaser until Mark Ahn reminded me about when we saw it at Aspen Institute.

Given that the film is now in post production, any teaser that is released will likely of greater quality than when the teaser for the first Star Wars film was shown back in 1976.

Jai Courtney to Take on Deadshot?

In the vast world of re-boots superhero movies it is DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ that seems the most hell bent on shaking things up for fans everywhere. Just last week we received the amazing news that Jared Leto had been tagged to take on the role of the Joker while Margot Robbie was attached to Harley Quinn. With those two big names out of the way it was only reasonable to start seeing some of the other villains get chosen. Now it looks like master martial artist and professional tough dude Jai Courtney is being considered for Deadshot.

Deadshot is a huge fan favorite in the world of comic books due to his awesome body suit, cybernetic eye, and insane trigger finger. He acts, basically, like a Hawkeye on steroids. Deadshot has appeared in the WB’s TV show ‘Arrow’ but it looks like they are planning to reboot the character and really change him up. The decision to bring on Courtney (Divergent, Terminator: Genysis) makes so much sense. With his star rising from the aforementioned films and his screen presence unquestioned, he could be a great fill in for the role. However, big names in Hollywood like Tom Rothman are being quiet about the casting.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ style cast of DC’s top super villains, played by bonafide A-Listers, will make this THE event of whatever summer it reaches theaters.