Monday, June 2, 2014

Hollywood Grapevine

Hollywood Grapevine
I haven't written one of these in awhile, so I thought I'd start these back up again tonight. Here are some stories from the past couple weeks, stories I wanted to personally highlight!

Josh Brolin joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos!
The genius of Marvel casting strikes again!

Remember seeing "The Avengers" back in 2012? Remember staying after the credits for the big scenes that lead into the future? Of course you do! In the mid-credits of "The Avengers," The Other, who was the alien mentoring Loki before his invasion of Earth, is talking to someone off-camera. Obviously whomever he is counseling is his superior, and he's begging his superior not go back to Earth, and that The Avengers are dangerous. The off-camera figure stands up, gives a half-look and smiles. That figure is Thanos.

Thanos is one of the most dangerous supervillains in all of the Marvel Universe and it has been confirmed that we will "feel his presence" again this August for "Guardians of the Galaxy" and that he will be the main villain in "Avengers 3." It was announced not too long ago that Marvel has cast Josh Brolin for the part. Brolin is known for his roles in "No Country For Old Men," "Jonah Hex" "W." and "Men In Black III." I was saddened and even a little dumbfounded to read that some people are raging against Marvel on the casting, but I think it is pretty close to perfect. Though Brolin has been a favorite actor of mine for quite awhile, so maybe I am a bit biased. I can't wait to see what he does with the role!


New Line Cinema prepares a two-part adaptation of Stephen King's It
In 2012, Warner Brothers was preparing to bring Stephen King's It to the big screen, but the adaptation was stalled. Now, it seems the film has moved studios and now New Line Cinema will prepare to make a two-part adaptation of the story. I feel that might be a better setting for the movie, as New Line Cinema was a Mecca for horror films back in the 1980's. Before "Lord of the Rings" boosted New Line's morale, it was "The House That Freddy Built" as in Freddy Krueger. If New Line is reviving a new wave of horror films I will be all about it.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Stephen King's It is an epic horror story about a group of teenagers tormented by a shape-shifting creature that eats children. It notably took the shape of a clown named Pennywise. A group of seven teenagers were tormented by Pennywise in the story, until they got together to destroy him. But Pennywise didn't die and resurfaced 30 years later and the child murders began again. As adults, the seven friends reunite in their old hometown to destory Pennywise once and for all.

The movie really needs a two-part treatment, as the book was 1000+ pages long. It is a very dense story and it is positively horrifying. There was an ABC mini-series made in 1990, which starred Tim Curry as Pennywise. When I first saw the mini-series back in 6th grade, it scared me. I watch it now, and it kind of makes me laugh. As good as Curry was, he walked the tightrope between being scary and being cheesy. I hope that New Line doesn't hold back on the subject material, because the book was a sadistic, brutal tale. Plus, while Stephen King is very scary, he is also equally strange and It was one strange story at times. I am curious to see if they tackle any of the bizarre history of Derry, Maine and the origins of Pennywise, because I think it could rock if done right. I can't wait to see who they get as Pennywise and I can't wait to see this movie! If done right, it should be a good one. 


V/H/S/3 Coming
I don't know how many of you have caught both "V/H/S" and/or "V/H/S/2" yet, but you can see both of them on Netflix right now. I find both films awesome and I have already written extensively about both films on this blog already. It is a great example of how well found footage can be used and I only hope that continues with its third entry in the series. Once again a group of directors will collaborate for an anthology horror film, featuring several different horrific stories told and somehow connected together. This third film is being called "V/H/S Viral" currently and as of right now there is no release date. There is however a trailer for it currently.

Like I said, I love the series, and I hope this third entry is just as great. One thing I liked about the sequel was it began to connect itself to the other film, it wasn't just treading water. I hope we learn more of the mythology of these tapes and I hope we learn the connection between them.


That's all for right now, what do you think of these stories?

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