Posts Tagged ‘Chris Evans’

Anton-Yelchin-Net-WorthYou hate to wake up and hear about tragedy striking once again especially the way 2016 has gone. We have lost so many great actors, musicians, etc. this year and now unfortunately we add another to the list. Russian born actor Anton Yelchin passed away today in a freak car accident at the age of 27. According to LAPD rep Jennifer Houser, “The victim was on his way to meet his friends for a rehearsal and when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house where they found him deceased by his car. It appears that he momentarily left his car, leaving it in the driveway. He was behind the vehicle when it rolled backward and pinned him to the brick pillar causing the trauma that led to his death.” Anton Yelchin starred in films like my one of my favorites in Alpha Dog as well as Star Trek, Charlie Bartlett, Like Crazy, 5 To 7, Fright Night, The Smurfs, Terminator Salvation, and many more. The first time I saw Anton Yelchin was in the film Alpha Dog and I just remember being blown away by his performance. He  was definitely an actor to look out for and he proved it with every film whether it was an independent release or a major motion picture.

005ADG_Anton_Yelchin_021Some actors have already commented on his passign with Chris Evans saying, “Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Tyler Shields posted, “I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.” The only fortunate thing is that we do still have some movies that are going t come out that starred Anton like the latest Star Trek film as well as a film entitled Porto, We Don’t Belong Here, Rememory, and Thoroughbred according to IMDB.com.  Anton will be missed for sure. R.I.P. Anton Yelchin (March 11, 1989 to June 19, 2016).

b-mco-chris-vs-chris_nvy1Listen, I know I am not crazy and I also know that the next Superbowl (which is Superbowl LI) isn’t going to happen for another 274 days (from todays date May 7TH), but there were just too many factors that played a part in me thinking about it. First of all, this weekend saw the official release of Captain America: Civil War (read review here) into theaters and it also happens to be Free Comic Book Day which saw the release of Civil War II as well as a Captain America comic. So with all of this in my face constantly, it made me remember a bet that was waged during SuperBowl 49 between Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord) an they called it Superhero Bowl 49 as Pratt was a Seattle Seahawks fan and Evans a New England Patriots fan. I don’t know why one wasn’t down for last years SuperBowl, but I would love to see it return once again. They made an incredible T-Shirt with proceeds going to charity and they dressed in character for each other’s charities. It was all fun and it was for great causes.

marvel_cinematic_universe_timeline_by_darkmudkip6-d9jhxzl copySo, I thought of a list of teams that I would love to see make the next SuperBowl in hopes that there is an actor from that city that plays a Marvel character. Anthony Mackie, the man who plays Falcon represents The New Orleans Saints. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) all can represent whatever team from the New York/New Jersey area (Jets or Giants). Don Cheadle who plays War Machine represents the Kansas City Chiefs while Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) could represent either the Oakland Raiders or the San Francisco 49ERS (depending on his preference). Chadwick Boseman is from South Carolina so it would be interesting to see what team he picks whether it be Carolina or any of the teams near by. If we go beyond the film, there’s Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) who can represent the Green Bay Packers and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Dave Bautista (Drax) could represent the Washington Redskins. Vin Diesel who plays Groot could also represent either Oakland or San Fran while Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) could represent the Philadelphia Eagles. If we go into the television universe of Marvel, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) could represent the Washington Redskins while Kristen Ritter (Jessica Jones) could represent either the Eagles or the Pittsburgh Steelers (depending on her preference). Meanwhile Mike Colter (Luke Cage) is just like Chadwick Boseman where it depends on his preference as he is also from South Carolina. So, keep all of these options in mind once the football season starts and hopefully they bring back Superhero Bowl once again.

 

civilwarheaderSince Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron has now come and gone, we are just awaiting what the future will hold for the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). We know that Ant-Man is coming this summer, but what about all the other films for Marvel’s Phase 3? Well, Marvel has announced who is going to be starring in Captain America: Civil War and thanks to comingsoon.net we have who it is right here. Here is what they report, “Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Solider, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger). The film returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. After his debut in Marvel’s Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Paul Rudd will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War. The cast of the film also includes Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds, Bourne Ultimatum) as Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt (Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk) as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.).” There’s also a rumor that the new Spider-Man will also appear in the film, but stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available. 

HatefulEightBannerIf you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s work like Django Unchained then you are going to be excited for this little piece of news that I have for you right here. While they have been filming the new Tarantino film The Hateful Eight, the cast of the film is on the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell are on the cover of the issue and you have to check out the stache that Kurt Russell has for the film. Other than that, here is what Tarantino told Entertainment Weekly, “For me it has more of a western ‘Iceman Cometh’ kind of vibe about it. A bunch of guys in a room who can’t trust each other. That wasn’t a marching order when I sat down to write the script, but pretty quickly I realized this is kind of a nice coming-full-circle.” Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Channing Tatum (who has a minor role in the film). Here’s a synopsis of the film according to comingsoon.net, “In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…” Check out the cover below:

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I am actually shocked that someone actual did a remake of one of the most classic films of all time. There should be a list of films that should be deemed untouchable because of the fact that there was nothing wrong with them in the first place. Well, apparently is more of a reboot or something of that nature as National Lampoon presents Vacation. The film stars Ed Helms as a grown up Rusty Griswold who wants to continue his father’s tradition so he decides to take his wife (Christina Applegate) and his two sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins) on a cross country trip to Wally World as it will be closing down forever. I assume that Chevy Chase is going to be making some sort of cameo in the film and the film also stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses). Check out the red band trailer below and check out Chris Hemsworth’s part in it:

marvelstudioseventsmall9More Marvel News for all of you as it pertains to the films that will close out Marvel’s Phase Three in Avengers: Infinity Wars Parts 1 and 2. The film is going to be in production for nine months and Joe and Anthony Russo, who are also directing Captain America: Civil War, announced that the film will be shot entirely using IMAX and ARRI’s next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera according to comingsoon.net. The Russo brothers talked about it stating, “The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera.” Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment Greg Foster also spoke about the announcement stating, “Over the years, IMAX has had the incredible good fortune to work with some of the world’s finest, most talented filmmakers, who continue to push the envelope both technically and creatively. We could not be more excited to deepen our partnership with Joe and Anthony Russo, a pair of filmmakers we believe are next-generation trailblazers. Marvel’s Avengers franchise has become a global phenomenon and to have it pay off in this epic way using the IMAX/ARRI digital camera is the very definition of event movie-going.” Part opens in Imax on May 4, 2018 while part 2 will open n May 3, 2019 so stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available.

 

Avengers Age Of UltronI am going to warn you that if you were not one of the lucky ones to see the film Avengers: Age Of Ultron in the opening weekend and if you do not want any spoilers, then you need to stop reading the article because there may be spoiler alerts. For Super Sunday, we wanted to continue with one of the most anticipated films of this year if you are into the comic book movie scene with the Avengers: Age Of Ultron film that sees our supergroup of heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle that they never dreamed of as they take on the artificial program created by Stark and Banner called Ultron (James Spader). After a retrieval mission for the Loki’s Tesseract Septor, Stark gets the wild idea of creating an A.I. program to shield the world, but what he didn’t expect was that it was going to turn against him to destroy the world. Now, the Avengers have to stop him before it’s too late, but it could be a mission that they may not comeback from. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass) as Quicksilver, Samuel L. Jackson (Goodfellas) as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) as War Machine, Paul Bettany (Priest) as Vision/Jarvis, Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain) as The Falcon, and the film was directed by Joss Whedon (Avengers).

visionWhat can I say about the film that probably is’t going to be said other than you need to get your behinds to the theaters to check out the film as soon as possible because it’s well worth it. Joss Whedon does an excellent job of mixing comedy with the drama in the film much like he did in the first film, but he turns it up to 11 in this film and its simply masterful. The interactions between our heroes and sometimes the villains are priceless and very hysterical. First, I want to say that James Spader does an excellent job as Ultron and while I liked the combo of Taylor-Johnson and Olsen (they played husband and wife in Godzilla) who play the twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, their accents were a little weak as you can tell they were struggling with it. One thing I will also say about the film is that this was Jeremy Renner’s shot to shine as Hawkeye had a lot of screen time and it was awesome. What the movie does do is that it sets up the films that will follow as Whedon gives you clues to Marvel’s Phase three films that are still to come especially as to which Avenger will meet his untimely death in the future. Nevertheless, they keep turning up the heat and they keep lifting the bar that I don’t know how DC is going to bounce back considering they took a whole year off. There is plenty of action, drama, and a new relationship that hangs in the balance, so go out and see the film. I am giving Avengers: Age Of Ultron an A+ for a final grade.

marvelstudioseventsmall9We have some film news for all of you and we are going to start with some Avengers: Infinity Wars news courtesy of Captain America himself Chris Evans. He recently talked with Esquire about Captain America: Civil War and the next chapter of The Avengers as far as shooting schedules are concerned saying, “We start [Captain America: Civil War] in a couple weeks, and then that shoots until August or something like that. August or September. Then I’ve got some downtime and I can do with it as I please. I don’t know if I want to take time off or go pursue another directing job or find a movie to act in or, you know, do whatever I’m creatively inclined to pursue or wait, relax, enjoy my life. And then we start the Infinity War, I think, some time in the third quarter. Fall or winter of 2016. That’s going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back.” Captain America: Civil War will see release in 2016 while the two part Avengers: Infinity War wills see one in May 2018 and the other in May 2019.

There is some brand new news regarding TMNT 2 as far as who will play Shredder in the new film. You may remember Brian Tee from Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift when he play DK, but now he will play Shredder in the next film. He is the latest signee as they announced that Tyler Perry will play Baxter Stockman and Stephen Amell will play Casey Jones.

The studio behind Ted 2 have already released one trailer for the film already and it looked hilarious, but now they’ve outdone themselves with a red band trailer. Check it out here.

robert-deniro-1024 (1)Goodfellas may be arguably the best mafia mob movie ever released in history and it has just celebrated it’s 25TH anniversary with a special showing at The Tribeca Film Festival which is Robert De Niro’s own festival. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino all attended the event while Martin Scorsese and Joe Pesci didn’t attend because their busy. De Niro commented on why Pesci wasn’t at the event saying, “Joe Pesci couldn’t be here, but he sent this email: ‘F—, f—, f—, f—-ity f—, f—. I’ll translate: ‘Dear Bob, sorry I can’t be there. Love to all. Best, Joe.” It was a great film, but hard to believe that it’s turning 25 years old.

220px-Fantastic_Four_posterI figured since 20TH Century Fox had announced the abomination of what they planned to do with The Fantastic Four franchise, I figured I would review the 2005 film that was directed by Tim Story (Ride Along). Dr. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) a.k.a Mister Fantastic believes that evolution was triggered by clouds of cosmic energy some millions of years ago and he now believes that the same kind of clouds will be travelling past earth. With his best friend and astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) a.k.a. The Thing, they will convince Dr. Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), who is a jealous former contemporary of Reed’s at MIT. to let them use his facilities to conduct the experiment. Von Doom who is filled with greed, agrees to allow them to do it as long as he gets the profits. So, along with Grimm and Richards, they are joined by Von Doom’s chief genetics researcher Susan Storm (Jessica Alba) a.k.a The invisible Woman and her over the top brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) a.k.a The Human Torch. The only thing is the experiment goes wrong and every one gains superpowers, but while Reed tries to figure out a way to get everyone back to normal, Dr. Doom is going to use his for his own personal greed. So, the Fantastic Four have to put their differences away and band together to stop Dr. Doom before it’s too late. The film also stars Kerry Washington (Django Unchained) as Alicia Masters, Laurie Holden (The Mist) as Debbie, and Hamish Linklater (42) as Leonard.

f4-sue_largeLet’s look at some things when we talk about this film, the budget for the film was $100 Million and they made $330.6 million which means that the film was a success for the company. The actors they chose were amazing especially for the fact that I always thought that Michael Chiklis was a great choice for The Thing like Hugh Jackman was a great choice for Wolverine. Even though the film was negatively received by critics, I actually really liked this film even though they did the same thing of changing where Dr. Doom was from. The film had all the melodrama you could possibly want even though it wasn’t a knockout like some of the films Marvel is making today. The special effects were also pretty good, but the acting was terrific. Who knew that Chris Evans was going to get a second crack at Marvel when he chose to be Captain America. I’ll probably check out the new Fantastic Four film like I did with Fox’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot, but it just doesn’t sound that good. I am going to give this film a B+ for a final grade because it’s definitely worth checking out.

Keturunan-Superhero-2Amid all the craziness of all the announcements from the comic book rival companies DC and Marvel and for the fact that I started a new thing on the blog with Super Sundays, I have decided to do a comic book theme for Eddie’s Top 5. That’s right, I am looking at my Top 5 superhero movies that have come out. This category could cover any film made within the last thirty years that has something to do with the comics. Superhero films are amazing because they allow you to suspend reality and the films always have the perfect mix of drama and suspense within them. They are definitely the best melodramas around. Here is my top 5:

5. Superman (1978)– I will always list this film in any top 5 that has something to do with superheroes because it was the film that introduced me to the comic book world. For a long time, I couldn’t let go of the fact that the only person I could see dawn the Superman suit and cape was Christopher Reeve. Man Of Steel has allowed us finally to see someone else dawn the cape, but to me there was no Superman like Reeve.

4. The Avengers– Marvel had the task of fitting the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all into one film and make it successful. That is a hell of a lot of personalities for one film, but what a masterful job that Joss Whedon did with the film. Still one of my favorites, I cannot wait for the second Avengers movie to come out.

3. Captain America: The First Avenger– The Captain was always one of my favorite Marvel characters and he got his proper film when Chris Evans moved from playing Human Torch to tackling the Captain. In this one we see Captain America’s origin story all the way to his battle against Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy– A lot of people walked out of the theaters saying this was the greatest superhero film of all time and while I certainly agree that it is one of the greatest superhero films. Marvel proved that they could take a rather unknown obscure story and turn into the third highest grossing Marvel film ever reaching $700 Million.

1. The Dark Knight– This is definitely one of my all time favorite films, it just slightly edges out Guardians Of The Galaxy. I will never forget getting my ticket to the Thursday night premier of the film and just being blown away by a single performance. The performance is legendary and masterful by Heath Ledger as The Joker. It was magic on screen and I went to see the film four times in the theaters. I watch it every time it’s on television and on DVD. Heath literally reinvented The Joker almost to the point where he is now untouchable.

Films that almost made the list: Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, The Watchmen, and Batman (1989). For a bonus trailer, here is the trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and some leaked test footage of Ant Man starring Paul Rudd