Month: May 2018

WATCH: First look at Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic in new trailer

Freddie Mercury lives! And he lives in the body of Rami Malek who features as the exuberant Queen lead singer in the first trailer for biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek, best known for his role in Mr. Robot, will star as Mercury despite Sacha Baron Cohen originally being cast in 2010 but leaving the project in 2013 due to “creative differences” with Mercury’s former band mates. Guitarist Brian May went on to label Baron Cohen “an arse”.

The project later faced issues when original director Bryan Singer was dropped due to spending too much time away with health issues. Eddie the Eagle director, Dexter Fletcher, was then drafted in midway through production.

Despite all the troubles the movie faced, we have finally been treated to the first taste of what is to come and judging by the new trailer, Malek looks like the perfect fit for the role.

Check out the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody below, which hits UK cinemas this November!

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Deadpool apologises to David Beckham for THAT joke in the first movie

One of the best things about the first Deadpool movie were the many hilarious lines, primarily delivered by the brilliant Ryan Reynolds as he portrayed the foul-mouthed superhero.

In the latest piece of marketing brilliance from the Deadpool team, with the sequel just days away, we see the title character personally apologise to David Beckham.

Reynolds famously made fun of the former England football captain in the first movie, saying: “Have you ever heard David Beckham speak? It’s like he mouth-sexed a can of helium”.

As you can see below, Deadpool personally visits Beckham to apologise specifically for that joke – but things soon take a turn…

Sherlock Holmes 3 confirmed and given release date

Warner Bros. have officially confirmed that there will be a third instalment in the Sherlock Holmes series, after announcing its release for Christmas Day in 2020.

We last saw director Guy Ritchie’s big screen edition of the famous detective, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, back in 2011 and there have been rumours aplenty over whether a third movie would be made.

Although the release date has been announced, there has yet to be confirmation that Ritchie will direct the third instalment, nor whether RDJ or Law would return as bickering partners Holmes and Watson.

That said, RDJ earlier this year announced his intentions to reprise the role when speaking to Entertainment Weekly, claiming that his wife’s production company were “still looking at doing another Sherlock Holmes.”

RDJ is currently lapping up the inevitable successes of Avengers: Infinity War and will be seen playing Doctor Doolittle later this year.

Law and Ritchie have remained silent regarding any return as yet but it’s hard to see the pair decide against the project given the successes of the first two movies.

Director Ritchie has recently been working on other movies such as King Arthur and the live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin whilst recently announcing that he is working on a British gangster movie

Meanwhile, Law will soon be seen featuring as a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel and is also currently filming for next year’s Captain Marvel.

But with the movie now confirmed and given a release date, fingers crossed the entire gang will return for the third Sherlock Holmes instalment that we’ve all been hungry for!

Step Brothers director says that a sequel is ‘very possible’

This is probably the best news you’re going to hear all day!

Step Brothers director, Adam McKay, has opened up about the possibility of a sequel to one of the best comedies in recent years.

Many fans of the original have hoped to see Dale and Brennan return since leaving us in hysterics 10 years ago, and there’s no reason why a sequel can’t be done.

McKay, who also directed Anchorman, The Other Guys and The Big Short, told CinemaBlend that he is open to a sequel, despite previously having doubts.

He said: “It is very possible in five years, because I don’t think the Step Brothers idea gets worse the older these guys get.

“We could all look at each other and go, ‘all right, let’s go do it.’ A while ago I said, ‘No way we’re doing it.’ But I thought about it. I was like, ‘Why am I saying that? We definitely could end up doing that.’ So who knows?”.

Will Ferrell doesn’t often turn down the chance of a sequel, having featured in Anchorman 2 and last year’s Daddy’s Home 2.

That being said, Ferrell seemed reserved about a potential sequel in a previous interview with New York Daily News, drawing to his experiences with Anchorman in mind.

He said: “The sequel thing is so funny because, we decided obviously to go down the road with Anchorman, and we made what I thought was a really great sequel, really funny.

“The entertainment media and fans beg you, and beg you, and beg you for sequels, and then you make it and you definitely have a fraction that’s like, ‘Well, not as good as the first one.’ So I guess it’s a catch-22. It’s a nice catch-22, because people love the movies in the first place.”

Ferrell did however go on to say that ideas for a sequel were already being discussed.

He said: “We talked about Step Brothers and then Adam and I got sidetracked with other things. We had a whole story where John (C. Reilly) and I follow our parents to live in a retirement community and try to convince them that we earned the right to retire as well”.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone would love to see Nighthawk and Dragon back together!

 

10 Facts you might not know about Citizen Kane

It’s 77 years since one of the greatest American films ever made was screened for the first time in New York. Orson Welles’ mystery drama ‘Citizen Kane’ is still considered by many to be the best movie to ever come out of Hollywood due to it’s creative expression and artistic innovation.

It was the movie to set new standards in the film making business and is the reason why it is regarded so highly nearly eight decades on from its release. Here are 10 things you may not have known about arguably the greatest movie ever made:

Orson Welles was just 25 when he co-wrote, starred in, produced and directed the film, his first feature.

The movie’s protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, was inspired by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Co-writer, Herman J. Mankiewicz, created Kane’s dialogue using lines from Hearst’s own writing and speeches.

As a result, Hearst was angered by the film and even went to some length to stop it being released. He accused Welles of being a communist, which at the time was enough of a label to tarnish anyone’s reputation in Hollywood and even prompt Government investigation.

Kane’s estate int he movie, Xanadu, was based on Hearst castle, Hearst’s extravagant mansion in San Simeon, California.

In 2015, 74 years after its release, the movie screened at Heart Castle for the very first time. The benefit screening consisted of 60 attendees, with tickets costing $1,000 each.

Considered the best movie of all time, Citizen Kane only won a single Academy Awards: Best Screenplay, despite being nominated for nine in total.

Welles was injured twice during the filming of the movie. Starring as Kane himself, Welles badly cut his left hand during a scene in which he is trashing a room. He also suffered a chipped ankle after tripping whilst filming a dramatic scene where he chases his rivals down some stairs. He was forced to reschedule some of his scenes and direct from a wheelchair for two weeks.

The cinematography was revolutionary. Welles, along with cinematographer Gregg Toland, perfected the technique of “deep focus,” keeping every object in the foreground, centre and background in simultaneous focus.

In 1982, one of the “Rosebud” sleds from the film was put up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York City. The buyer was director Steven Spielberg. Though some of the “Rosebud” sleds were burned during production as part of the final scene, it’s still unclear if Spielberg’s copy is the only one remaining.

Welles gave himself caffeine poisoning during production. He drank a reported 30 cups of coffee per day and switched to tea but he ended up drinking so much that his skin began to change colour. He also would eat meals consisting of three large steaks and sides.