First Look at ‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff Starring John Turturro

Big LebowskiPraise Jesus (Quintana) — the first photo from the “Big Lebowski” spinoff movie “Going Places” is here!

The image was released today, along with an official synopsis, and John Turturro’s iconic characters is doing what he loves: bowling. Whether he still licks the bowling balls is unknown, but Jesus clearly still enjoys rocking purple outfits.

Joel and Ethan Coen have been adamant about not making a “Big Lebowski 2,” but they gave their blessing to Turturro to create a spinoff film, especially since the character of Jesus was Turturro’s idea. He wrote, directed, and stars in “Going Places,” which is actually a quasi-remake of Bertrand Blier’s 1974 French film “Les valseuses.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

John Turturro plays Jesus Quintana in GOING PLACES, a film about a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds. When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape from the law, from society and from the hairdresser, all while the bonds of their outsider family strengthen.

Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou and Susan Sarandon star alongside Turturro. It currently does not have a release date.

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‘Rambo’ Getting a Reboot, Like Every Other Franchise

RamboHey, movie franchises — you get a reboot, and you get a reboot, and you get a reboot! Everybody gets a reboot!

The next in line, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is the ’80s action movie franchise “Rambo.” Nu Image/Millennium Films is developing “Rambo: New Blood,” which would cast a young actor in the role that Sylvester Stallone made famous. They are attempting to treat Rambo as a character like James Bond. Brooks McLaren is set to write the script and Ariel Vromen to direct.

The character of Rambo originated in the 1972 novel “First Blood” by David Morrell. The book was adapted into the 1982 movie starring Stallone as a disaffected Vietnam vet who fights back against the abuse of small-town law enforcement.

While sequel “Rambo: First Blood Part II” was also a huge hit, “Rambo III” disappointed at the box office and the franchise went dormant. Stallone revived it with 2008’s “Rambo.” A “Rambo 5” was teased as a final chapter, but earlier this year, Stallone announced he was retiring from playing the character.

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Watch Eddie Redmayne Perform Magic For Benedict Cumberbatch, Bryan Cranston

26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - After PartyEddie Redmayne doesn’t just play a wizard in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — he can perform magic in real life, too!

In an appearance on “The Graham Norton Show,” the Oscar winner showed off his magical abilities to fellow guests Benedict Cumberbatch and Bryan Cranston. He takes an ordinary coloring book — which starts off with completely empty pages. Then, he asks Cranston (his fellow Oscar nominee last year) to blow on the book. Suddenly, it’s filled with drawings!
Oh, but Redmayne wasn’t done. Then, he asked Cumberbatch (his fellow Oscar nominee two years ago) to blow on the book. Guess the “Sherlock” and “Doctor Strange” star didn’t blow hard enough, because Redmayne was forced to take out his wand — and you’ll never believe what happened next!

The segment is totally adorable. We could watch these Oscar and Emmy winners behave like amazed kids all day.

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‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Sequel Will Actually Be a Prequel

Edge of Tomorrow“Edge of Tomorrow” is going back to some yesterday.

A sequel for the hit sci-fi action movie starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt has been in the cards for some time, but now director Doug Liman reveals that the follow-up will actually be a prequel.

Liman has never made a sequel (after “The Bourne Identity,” he bequeathed that franchise to Paul Greengrass). So, why do one for “Edge of Tomorrow”? As he told Collider, “That is the only sequel that I’m considering doing, and it’s because first of all the story is so amazing — much better than the original film, and I loved and loved the original film — and second of all, it’s a sequel that’s a prequel.”

Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote the first movie, has said the idea for the sequel came from Cruise himself. The sequel-actually-prequel movie will be penned by “Race” writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.

“I had these intellectual ideas on how you should make a sequel that are unlike how anybody else makes a sequel, and this script and this idea fit perfectly into that idea,” Liman explained. “So it’s gonna revolutionize how people make sequels.”

It’s hard to speculate what that revolution looks like. The story in the first movie involved time travel, with Cruise’s character re-living one day over and over again to acquire the skills necessary to defeat alien invaders. He trained with Blunt’s Sergeant Rita Rose Vrataski, known as the “Angel of Verdun” for her heroics in that battle. She also experienced the time loop there, so could the prequel follow her through Verdun? Or even go back to the Mimics’ initial invasion?

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‘Deadpool 2’ Eyes ‘John Wick’ Director David Leitch

After losing original “Deadpool” director Tim Miller last weekend over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool 2” may have already found his replacement.

Mashable is reporting that David Leitch, who co-directed Keanu Reeves action flick “John Wick,” is the “strong frontrunner” to take the coveted gig. According to the site, Leith and Reynolds share the same talent agency, and that connection propelled the director to the top of the actor’s list, though Mashable also notes that “several other directors remain in the mix.”

Leitch may not be Quentin Tarantino (who some fans petitioned to land the job), but he’s worked with Reynolds-as-Deadpool before (he was the action coordinator for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” in which Reynolds made his debut as Wade Wilson). The director also previously collaborated with studios Fox and Marvel as a stunt performer, in flicks such as “Blade,” “Daredevil,” and “Fight Club,” eventually working his way up to the second unit director on fellow “X-Men” spinoff property “The Wolverine,” as well as “Jurassic World” and “Captain America: Civil War.” He made his feature directorial debut on “John Wick” as part of a co-directing team with Chad Stahelski.

Though Mashable’s report cautions that no formal deal is place for Leitch yet, Variety is reporting that the gig is all but a done deal for the director. There’s been no response from Fox or Marvel yet on either report.

“Deadpool 2” does not have a release date yet. Stay tuned.

[via: Mashable]

Go Behind the Scenes of the ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Set as Production Wraps

thor, thor: ragnarok, ragnarok, set tour, behind the scenes, production, wrap, taika waititi, chris hemsworth, tessa thompsonThe third entry in the “Thor” franchise, “Thor: Ragnarok,” wrapped production this week, and to celebrate, director Taika Waititi took fans on a behind the scenes tour of the film’s set, complete with cameos from two of the film’s stars.

In a Facebook Live video, Waititi gave viewers an inside look at what appeared to be the filming of a battle scene — or its aftermath — on the edge of a small lake near Australia’s Gold Coast. The set was covered in huge piles of debris, and the director described the landscape as a “sci-fi space wasteland.”

Extras dressed in heavy cloaks were everywhere, and Waititi described their characters as “scrappers.” He also briefly took viewers inside a spaceship, and showed off some curious-looking weapons.

The director then bumped into Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, and costar Tessa Thompson, who’s playing Norse goddess Valkyrie. Thompson still had some of her makeup on, sporting what looked like war paint, though the actress played coy about what those marks meant for her character.

There was plenty of reference to things that Waititi and co. could or could not show viewers, with the director at one point panning down to his feet to avoid revealing a particular part of the set. A crew member also showed off a Ragnarok emblem, but Waititi said its meaning has to be kept under wraps for now.

Despite the secrecy, Hemsworth noted that he and the rest of the crew were excited to have fans finally see “the awesomeness that is this film.” We’re sure Marvel lovers feel the same way.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is due in theaters on November 3, 2017.

[via: Marvel Studios/Facebook]

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This ‘Harry Potter’ Baby Photo Shoot Is Magically Adorable

harry potter, baby, photo shoot, kayla glover, kayla layla photographyOne of the perks of having kids is putting them in adorable costumes, and one Illinois mom and photographer came up with the cutest concept yet for a baby photo shoot, dressing her infant daughter as Harry Potter for a magical set of photos.

Kayla Glover, who runs Kayla Layla Photography, went viral this week thanks to some awesome snaps she took of her now-5-month-old daugher, Lorelai, decked out in round glasses and a Gryffindor scarf and wielding a wand, surrounded by copies of books from J.K. Rowling’s series. Glover first shared the photos back in August, writing on her photography blog that she had been a fan of the “Potter” books since she was a young girl, and knew she wanted to incorporate the series into a photoshoot once her daughter was born.
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“Lorelai has a very ‘Harry Potter’ look to her with the big eyes and the constantly messy hair, so this was a cinch,” Glover explained on the blog. “Plus, all she had to do was lay there and hold her wand while looking adorable – she is a pro!”

In an interview with People this week, the photographer said that she looks forward to sharing the series with Lorelai as she grows, and plans on taking her daughter to Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter when she turns one next year.

“I think the pictures resonate with people because Harry Potter is so personal to so many people,” Glover told People. “They are magical photos.”

We agree. Check out more on Glover’s blog.

[via: Kayla Layla Photography, People]

Photo credit: Kayla Layla Photography

New ‘Split’ Trailer: James McAvoy Will Scare You with 23 Personalities

James McAvoy is one scary man with at least 23 dangerous personalities in the new trailer for “Split.”

Universal Pictures dropped the latest trailer on Wednesday, and it highlights the ominous plot: a trio of girls abducted and held captive by a man with at numerous personalities and an unknown one likely to take over the rest. We see several of the different sides to Kevin (McAvoy) in the preview, and each seems more chilling than the last.

Led by Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), the girls come up with a plan: to convince one of Kevin’s personalities to let them go. However, there seems to be a lot of trial-and-error — emphasis on error — in the teaser, so prepare yourself for a lot of dark twists and turns. With M. Night Shymamalan (“The Sixth Sense”, “The Visit”) having served as writer, director, and producer, that should be a given.

Let McAvoy freak you out below.
“Split” is headed to theaters on Jan. 20.

Official Trailer for West Virginia Documentary ‘Blood on the Mountain’

Blood on the Mountain Trailer

“If a few hillbillies get killed in the name of progress, so be it.” Abramorama has released an official trailer for a powerful documentary titled Blood on the Mountain, a brutally honest look at the environmental and economic injustice and corporate control in West Virginia and its effect on all American workers. The film is made by the same filmmakers behind Coal Country, and is described as a searing and impassioned examination of the struggles of hard-working, misunderstood people. It’s about how the coal industry has evolved to become so bad in West Virginia, that it’s exploiting and controlling citizens, without any chance for them to speak up. “If our government won’t hold them responsible, who will? We will.” This looks good. ›››

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Jason Momoa in Alaskan Survival Thriller ‘Sugar Mountain’ First Trailer

Sugar Mountain Trailer

“I went missing up on that mountain right there? Well, we’d have a hell of a story.” The first trailer for a survival thriller titled Sugar Mountain has arrived online. The film is about two brothers who decide to fake a disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness so they’ll have a great survival story to sell. However, things don’t go exactly as planned and they end up in even more trouble than before. Jason Momoa stars with Cary Elwes, Melora Walters, Anna Hutchison, John Karna, Drew Roy, Haley Webb and Shane Coffey. This looks like a bit of a mess, with lots of drama among characters and not enough actual survival, though it’s hard to judge from this trailer alone. I’m curious but honestly not expecting that much from this. ›››

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