‘John Wick 2’ To Start Shooting

A sequel to John Wick is slated to begin production for Lionsgate this fall — which means any day now. This is terrific news.

John Wick was the sleeper hit — if an action movie can be considered a sleeper — of 2014, with Keanu Reeves in the title role of a hitman forced out of retirement to wreak destruction on an epic scale. Reeves will be back for John Wick 2, along with co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, and writer Derek Kolstad. It instantly became a cult favorite.

As for capturing lightning in a bottle again, Stahelski said:

“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original. It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma you’re not going to watch it. Look at any great action star, whether it’s Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson or Robert Downey Jr., pick a name, you love the guy first. Good action, bad action, you just love them in action. So we want to make sure we have a story and a character that everybody loves and then we’ll dress it with action that we promise will be awesome.”

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Trailer for ‘5th Wave’ Suggests Why It’s Being Dumped in January

The first international trailer for “The 5th Wave,” an alien-invasion thriller starring Chloë Grace Moretz, shows a lack of creativity — which strongly suggests why it’s being released in January, the traditional dumping ground for movies studios have absolutely no faith in. Let’s see why…

 

Yep, this one is just packed to the brim with dystopian YA novel and alien/zombie apocalypse cliches. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along, right to Netflix. Sorry, Chloë, you deserve better.

The film is based on Rick Yancey’s YA novel, and Moretz plays Cassie Sullivan, a teenager struggling to survive in a world devastated by multiple waves of an alien invasion that have knocked what’s left of humanity back to the Stone Age. On the run and desperate to save her younger brother, she teams up with a young man who may become her final hope. Can you guess which wave of the alien invasion is due up next?

The film opens Jan. 15.

Daniel Craig May Resign His License to Kill

spectre1Daniel Craig‘s contract for playing James Bond is almost up, which means it’s time for him to play coy about returning to the role — the de rigeur contract-negation ploy.

While discussing the upcoming Spectre, his fourth flick as 007, Craig professed ambivalence about putting on the tuxedo and picking up the Walther PPK again, telling Esquire UK: “I don’t know. I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it.”

Asked if he would like to star in another James Bond flick, he said:

“At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see. Bond  is very fucking lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s fucking these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s … sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy – that’s debatable – but the reality, after a couple of months.”

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New James Bond Pics From SPECTRE

Here are a couple of brand-new images from “Spectre,” the 24th film in the James Bond franchise. It once again stars Daniel Craig as 007, this time joined by Léa Seydoux. Sam Mendes, who directed the highly regarded SkyFall, returns to the director’s chair once more. This movie formally introduces SPECTRE to the rebooted Bond universe.

Take a look at that chess board in front of Bond. Is he playing a real game? The board and pieces appear to be covered in dust. And, more importantly, the white queen is on a square adjacent to the black king. How the hell did that happen? Bond’s opponent is sacrificing his queen rather than killing Bond’s king!

In this film, a message from Bond’s past sets him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Spectre also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott.

Spectre opens Nov. 6.

Blast From the Past: the original 1976 Teaser for ‘Star Wars’

Yes, this is a true treasure from the past: the original teaser trailer for 1977’s Star Wars! This was the first taste we got of George Lucas‘ space opera set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It was just Star Wars then — no “Episode IV,” no “A New Hope” — just plain ol’ Star Wars.

 

This was Star Wars the way it used to be… truly old school!

As you can tell, this was an earlier age of movie promotion. The editing is very static and slow-paced, the music is generic filler. Can you imagine a Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens trailer cut like this?

George R.R. Martin Ponders the End of ‘Game of Thrones’

grrmonthroneSure, the HBO version of Game of Thrones has caught up to the books and George R.R. Martin should be home, typing as fast as his fingers will go to het to the end of his epic fantasy series. We all agree there.

But the bearded author was nevertheless in New York over the weekend to attend the Staten Island Yankees‘ “Meet George R.R. Martin Night.” There, he took a moment to at least muse about the end of the books when The Observer asked if plans to kill off everyone in the end…

“I haven’t written the ending yet, so I don’t know, but no. That’s certainly not my intent. I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. I mean, it’s no secret that [J.R.R.] Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended “Lord of the Rings.” It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory. Frodo is never whole again, and he goes away to the Undying Lands, and the other people live their lives. And the scouring of the Shire — brilliant piece of work, which I didn’t understand when I was 13 years old: ‘Why is this here? The story’s over?’ But every time I read it I understand the brilliance of that segment more and more. All I can say is that’s the kind of tone I will be aiming for. Whether I achieve it or not, that will be up to people like you and my readers to judge.”

Season six of GoT premieres on HBO next year.