Although this marks Chad Stahelski taking on a direct role for Birds of Prey (for which he will be uncredited), his stunt firm, 87 Eleven, has been involved with the movie since production began at the beginning of the year. It’s unclear exactly how long Birds of Prey’s reshoot period will last, but considering Stahelski’s extensive resume when it comes to plotting out action in the cinematic realm, he’ll be a valuable asset to the team.
When you step back and think about it, this is quite the technical feat. The movie seamlessly pulls off Marlon Wayans in completely different roles, including a woman named Dawn and a four-foot character named Baby Pete. During an exclusive interview with Sextuplet director, Michael Tiddes, he explained the process behind it all. Here’s what he said:
Wow, talk about some serious overtime! For Sextuplets, Marlon Wayans had to be in the makeup chair for seven hours for a few of the roles before working a full day as the character. Michael Tiddes has worked with Wayans four times prior, directing him in the Haunted House films, Fifty Shades of Black and Naked. He worked with him a lot more in their latest flick! After working a long day as one character, Wayans would come back to set the following day for the next character to do the same exact scene. This process would rinse and repeat throughout the filming of Sextuplets.
Michael Tiddes explained the process further to CinemaBlend with these words:
I think we can confidently say Marlon Wayans was the MVP of Sextuplets. There was a lot of work weighing on the actor. He is the lead times six. Wayans had to have just about the whole script in his back pocket, along with playing off himself in the comedy about a man who discovers he has five twins while in search of his birth mom. Tiddes continues:
The director was excited for the challenge since he’s always been apt at video editing and found it to be an interesting part of filmmaking. The movie certainly gives Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor a run for its money, technically speaking.
Eddie Murphy may have played seven characters in the 1996 comedy, but many of them weren’t autonomously moving around throughout the film and central to the plot of the movie. Tiddes also said he wanted to push the limits of the Nutty Professor concept with his project with Marlon Wayans.
Just as Wayans and Tiddes play tribute to Murphy’s famous multiple performances, the trailblazer will soon has his own Netflix original as well. Eddie Murphy will star in Dolemite Is My Name this fall on the platform, along with returning to his beloved character Akeem Joffer in 2020’s Coming 2 America.
Sextuplets is streaming now on Netflix.
For those who are unfamiliar with The Hunt, it revolves around 12 strangers who are kidnapped and placed in a mysterious location by a group of rich individuals who plan to hunt these “deplorables.” However, once one of the hunted manages to turn the tables, the captured are slowly able to bring the fight to their captors. Its cast included GLOW’s Betty Gilpin, Blockers’ Ike Barinholtz, Scream Queens’ Emma Roberts, Million Dollar Baby’s Hilary Swank, This Is Us’ Justin Hartley and many more.
We have been enjoying a solid run of music-based dramas at the movie theater lately. The music of The Beatles powered Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, while Rami Malek found Oscar success playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
This week, it’s The Boss – aka Bruce Springsteen – who is getting the big screen treatment courtesy of the musical fantasy Blinded By the Light, a true story about a British teen who discovers the music and lyrics of Springsteen, and finds an unlikely muse. The movie’s a winner, an uplifting crowdpleaser directed by Bend it Like Beckham filmmaker Gurinder Chadha – who we are lucky enough to have as a guest on this week’s show.
Before they got into the conversation with Gurinder Chadha, Jake, Kevin and Sean discussed the new trailer that dropped for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which you can see below.
Then Kevin told a really funny story about an old couple who mistakenly watched Good Boys. That did not end well.
As for this week’s Blend Game, the guys got into the films of Richard Linklater, and Jake did NOT pick a Texas movie. We were all shocked.
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That’s exciting news for fans! The pair showed their relief at finally being able to share details about To All the Boys 2 & 3 while on the set for project. Along with announcing Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the official release date for P.S. I Still Love You was also disclosed. The first sequel will come to Netflix on February 12, 2020, just in time for Valentine’s Day. P.S. I Still Love You looks to be introducing one of Lara Jean’s past crushes, John Ambrose McClaren, played by Jordan Fisher.
Avengers: Endgame was a who’s who of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to all the major heroes that we saw, the movie brought back a crazy number of important characters, many of whom had previously died, thanks to the movie’s time travel focus. We saw the return of Tilda Swinton, Rene Russo, Robert Redford, and more.
With such a star studded list of cameos, it wouldn’t be a shock if some of them were difficult to make happen, but director Anthony Russo says the most difficult “cameo” in the movie to schedule, actually involved three members of his extended family. According to Russo…
Anthony Russo tells Cleveland.com that, because of school schedules, getting the three kids together to film the scene with the Avengers: Endgame stars was actually the hardest cameo to make happen.
These three aren’t the only members of the Russo clan to appear in the film. Joe Russo’s daughter Ava portrays Lila Barton in the film’s opening scene. She’s the daughter of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye who is learning archery before becoming a victim of Thanos. Her sister is Lia, one of the kids in the scene with Hulk.
The other reason the scene may have been somewhat difficult is that it was an entirely new scene added as part of the reshoots on Avengers: Endgame. The Russo brothers explain in the commentary track on the new Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray that, originally, the fusion of Bruce Banner and Hulk was meant to happen at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. However, it was decided in editing that the scene didn’t work with that movie’s otherwise depressing finish.
The filmmakers then had to scramble to add a scene in Endgame to explain the change in Hulk. Reshoots are a standard part of filming these days, especially with big movies like Avengers: Endgame, so getting the stars like Chris Evans and Paul Rudd back was likely no problem, they were already planning to be there, but getting the non-stars together to complete the scene was something else.
Apparently getting Tilda Swinton to look like the Ancient One again, or having Robert Redford cameo in what may end up being his final on screen role, was easy compared to making sure three kids didn’t miss any school. It makes it sound like filming Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame back-to-back was as simple chore, which we very much know not to be the case.
Within the MCU, Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross first served as the Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Counterterrorism Center in Captain America: Civil War, reporting directly to U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. Everett worked alongside Tony Stark to apprehend Bucky Barnes after he was framed for the United Nations bombing, and when Helmut Zemo, the true perpetrator, was later captured, Everett oversaw his incarceration.
The raunchy comedy is opening next to a slew of new releases including 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Angry Birds Movie 2 and critical darling Blinded By the Light. Angry Birds had a headstart with a Wednesday release and is expected to score with $16-$17 million Friday to Sunday earnings, behind Hobbs & Shaw, which will likely continue at No. 1 for the third weekend in a row.
Ooh la la. Nina Dobrev filmed her role in Roger Avary’s Lucky Day a few months after The Vampire Diaries series finale aired in 2017. The film is only just now sharing photos and an international trailer for its release “soon.” That “soon” is from Dobrev herself, who shared the first two official photos.
The second photo, which you have to slide to see, shows The CW alum getting a lot more risqué with the sexy stuff than we’re used to seeing:
Nina Dobrev’s Chloe has a sexy chic French look — maybe that’s why the first trailer has French subtitles, and France seems to have the only release date I can find, on September 18?
Here’s the international trailer, which includes even more overt sexiness:
Lucky Day was written and directed by Roger Avary, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction. This movie follows Red (Luke Bracey), a safe cracker who has just been released from prison. He’s trying to hold his family together as his past catches up with him in the form of Luc (Crispin Glover), a psychopathic contract killer who’s seeking revenge for the death of his brother.
The movie started filming in September 2017 in Canada. It looks like Nina Dobrev went back for some ADR (automated dialogue replacement) recordings in 2018:
She’s also front and center in the poster Roger Avary recently shared:
Back in October 2017, Roger Avary told Variety that Lucky Day brings together many of the the characters he’s cultivated into a single neo-noir, aggressive, violent, funny, irreverent, politically incorrect movie. He said it’s in the spirit of both True Romance and Pulp Fiction.
It’s an exciting project for Nina Dobrev, who shot to fame on TV through Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Vampire Diaries, and most recently on the CBS sitcom Fam. She’s been trying to branch out into more films, from XXX: Return of Xander Cage and Flatliners, to the romantic comedies Dog Days and Then Came You, plus the political drama Run This Town.
No clue when Lucky Day will be released in the U.S., and on what platforms, but stay tuned.
Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood takes some significant liberties with the way history actually transpired, but it seems that the thing people have the biggest issue with isn’t how the movie deals with Sharon Tate and Charles Manson, but rather how it handles Bruce Lee. First the actor’s daughter called out Quentin Tarantino for the portrayal, and now Lee’s friend former NBA Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has done the same.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar starred alongside Bruce Lee in the actor’s last film, Game of Death, but he was a longtime personal friend of Bruce Lee as well. In a new column for THR, Abdul-Jabbar says that, while he loves Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker, he thinks the director’s decision’s regarding Lee’s portrayal in the new movie are sloppy and a bit racist. He writes…
In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bruce Lee is played by Mike Moh and only has one significant scene. In the flashback sequence, we see Bruce, on the set of his show The Green Hornet, speaking in front of an assembled group of crewmen. He is boasting about his fighting abilities and how he would easily be able to defeat Cassius Clay if the two met.
A stuntman, named Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, takes issue with Lee’s bragging and Lee challenges him to a little light sparring. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar specifically calls out this idea in his piece as well, claiming that he witnessed similar events happen with Bruce Lee in real life, and the actor never wanted to fight.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s comments come following something of a war of words between Bruce Lee’s daughter Sharon and director Quentin Tarantino. She was the first to publicly criticize the portrayal of Bruce Lee in the movie. Tarantino, for his part, claimed that his version of Lee wasn’t as far from the real thing as Sharon Lee was claiming, and that the scenario in the movie was ultimately fictional.
Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood chooses to portray what Bruce Lee’s friends and family are calling a stereotyped version of the actor rather than the real man. In the end, the movie isn’t trying to be historically accurate, but that isn’t necessarily a good reason to do it.
You can judge for yourself, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood is in theaters now.