Doug Jones Reveals Secret of Guillermo del Toro’s Next Movie

doug-jonesDoug Jones is one of those actors everyone have seen in big-budget hit movies, but no one has any idea what he looks like. That’s because Jones specializes in full-body creature costumes and motion-capture work. If anyone can be said to rival the great Andy Serkis at portraying animated characters, it’s Jones.

Jones has played everything from the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer to Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies to the horned faun in Pan’s Labyrinth. He often features in movies for director Guillermo del Toro, and that is once again the case with The Shape of Water.

Since it’s a del Toro-Jones collaboration, you don’t even need to be told the flick will be weird; but Jones told Collider what it’s about:

It’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film, but I am a creature in it. I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent. I’m being tested for how can they use me for advantages in military or space travel, or my technology—can we make this usable for humans? So they’re trying to keep me a secret from the Russians.
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Watch the R-rated Trailer for ‘Alien: Covenant’

I thought I would start 2017 with this terrific trailer for one of the movies I am most looking forward to seeing this year: Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott, who helmed the original Alien.

This is a red-band trailer, meaning it features grown-up language and some blood and body horror.

This is how the studio describes the story: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

The movie stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby.

Alien: Covenant opens on May 19.

What We Know About ‘Blade Runner 2049’

blade-runner-2049-trailer1After hearing virtually nothing about Blade Runner 2049 after the casting of Ryan Gosling was announced and Harrison Ford‘s participation confirmed, Warner Bros has suddenly dropped a bunch of teaser material about the sequel to director Ridley Scott‘s 1982 classic, Blade Runner.

First of all, we have several photographs courtesy of Entertainment Weekly depicting the principle characters, including Gosling as Officer K, Ford as Deckard and Ana de Armas as a mystery character. Scott is also seen conferring with Ford.

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First Peek at 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special

We have New York Comic Con to thank for our first look at this year’s DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, to be called “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” This clip features a look at some of the key characters, including the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his new companion Nardole (Matt Lucas), as well as behind-the-scenes snippets.

The soundtrack underlying the clip includes the return of Murray Gold‘s “I Am the Doctor” theme music composed for Matt Smith‘s 11th Doctor!

One of the questions I can’t wait to see answered: Why is Nardole dressed like the Celestial Toymaker?

The Christmas special airs… you guessed it, on Christmas Day on BBC America.

Eccleston Now Regrets Leaving ‘Doctor Who’ After Just One Series

eccleston-greenyThe erstwhile Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, has told an Australian radio station that he wishes he had stuck with DOCTOR WHO longer than just one series.

Eccleston said to Melbourne, Australia’s 774 ABC: “It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer. He’s a beautiful character, and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance. I was learning new skills, in terms of playing light comedy. I was not known for light comedy and, again, production did not allow for that.”

The Ninth Doctor gave way to the 10th (David Tennant) after just 13 episodes in the 2005 revival. The parting of the ways was attributed to “creative differences,” and in the years since, both Eccleston and his executive producer, Russell T Davies, had declined to elaborate — until last year, when the actor began dropping cryptic little comments that, when assembled, gave some insight into the reasoning that led to his early departure.

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‘Fury Road’ Looks Dangerous Even Without CGI

I just found this four-minute clip that shows snippets of the insane chase scenes from Mad Max: Fury Road without CGI enhancement of any kind — and the sequences don’t lose any of their heart-stopping thrills at all!

While it’s true that the final onscreen product was “sweetened” with some visual effects, it’s important to note that so much of the action was done with live-action, practical vehicles and stunt players. The climatic crash of the War Rig, seen in this clip, was obtained in just one take!

In my opinion, MM:FR should have won the Best Picture Oscar for 2015. While Spotlight certainly was the most important and most prestigious film of last year, it was also fairly forgettable. Come next February, just try to find someone who can tell you which movie won the previous year’s top award.

No one will have trouble recalling this R-rated, Charlize Theron/Tom Hardy instant classic. Fury Road drove away with six Oscars in tow, but I believe it was robbed of Best Picture and George Miller deserved Best Director.

But everyone who saw it will remember Fury Road as shiny and chrome for many years to come. It left flaming skid marks across my movie mind, and I was really (really) pulling for Max and Furiosa to pull an upset in L.A. I suppose this near-perfect film will have to be content in the company of so many other indelible movies that didn’t win the big prize.

To paraphrase the narrator of The Road Warrior, It lives now… only in my memory.

‘Rogue One’ Doing Reshoots? Everybody Calm Down!

rogue-oneThe next entry in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, represents Disney taking a big chance with the first-ever stand-alone movie, meaning it is not connected to the Skywalker family in any way, so it’s not surprising that the studio is nervous about tampering success in the wake of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. But absolute panic has swept fandom since the announcement that Rogue One will be doing reshoots this summer.

Calm down, people! Reshoots are perfectly normal — even expected in modern filmmaking. Sure, there used to be a time when doing reshoots meant a movie was in trouble and the studio was desperate to fix it, but that is no longer the case.
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