Vin Diesel & David Twohy Shine Some Light On Riddick

Earlier this week Katee Sackhoff talked about how much pressure she feels about her role in Riddick. Now you can check out star Vin Diesel and director David Twohy talking about their vision for the third film in the sci-fi trilogy along with Pitch Black and The Chronicles Of Riddick.

Want more info? Here’s the official synopsis:

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Riddick also stars  David Bautista, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo and Karl Urban. The film opens September 6th.

Arrow New Poster, Character Revealed

arrow_season2_poster One of the most action-packed shows around continues hyping their second season. In addition to revealing the above poster, The CW also announced that the DC Comics-based Arrow will also feature an infamous character from the comics: Amanda Waller. SpoilerTV ran the following synopsis for “Keep Your Enemies Closer,” the sixth episode of the season:

This episode will see the introduction of recurring character Amanda Waller who is an agent of A.R.G.U.S. who sends out a team to kidnap Diggle.

A.R.G.U.S. was introduced as sneaky spy organization in 2011 as part of DC’s New 52 relaunch. In the comics, the group is partially run by Waller, a character with a long history of pulling strings behind the scenes and using superhumans and vigilantes to achieve her goals. The group itself has already appeared on Arrow in the episode “Home Invasion.”

Arrow’s second season kicks off on Wednesday, October 9th at 8:00 PM EST on The CW.

[via SHH]

Katee Sackhoff “Incredibly Nervous” About Riddick

katee sackhoff riddick-1 Katee Sackhoff’s feeling a lot of pressure these days. The actress known for starring on Battlestar Galactica and currently appearing in A&E’s Longmire is looking at Riddick, her next big screen outing, as a huge opportunity as she said to Collider earlier this week.

“There’s still a large majority of the population that doesn’t know what Battlestar Galactica is and hasn’t seen it, so this is the first time a lot of people are going to see me play this type of character,” the actress said. “When you have the large majority of the estrogen quota sitting on your shoulders in a movie, it’s a big task. I joke that it’s not like someone is gonna walk away from the movie and say, ‘The girl was bad,’ and someone is gonna go, ‘Which one?’ My fingers are crossed that it’s going to be really, really great, but I’m incredibly nervous. But, I was this nervous when Battlestar came out.  I tested and auditioned for this role in stiletto heels. They cast me in stilettos. That’s who I am. So, to then shift my personality so much and become these strong characters is interesting. It’s always interesting how people are going to perceive it.”

Here’s the film’s RED BAND (read: NSFW) trailer featuring Sackhoff:

When asked about appearing on the Women Who Kick Ass panel and whether that made her feel more comfortable in her role as an action star, Sackhoff said: “100%, yeah. That was a great day. It was a great day for Comic-Con, and it was a great day for women in film and women in action. And I applaud Entertainment Weekly for doing that panel because it is a great panel. As a little girl growing up, this is who I wanted to be, as far as my career is concerned. To have it be validated is a really great thing. I’m sure if everyone on that panel had it up to them, there would be hundreds of millions of strong little girls running around, not taking any shit.”

Riddick, the third film in the Vin Diesel-starring, David Twohy-directed trilogy, opens on September 6th. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Trailer Time: 47 Ronin, The Harder They Come & The Seventh Son

47 Ronin looks pretty rad as you can see in this new international trailer. But we’ll have to wait until December 25th to see if that’s the case.

One of the most beloved music flicks of all time, The Harder They Come starring Jimmy Cliff, is returning to select theaters this September. The film features a wannabe musician who must turn to crime to make it in the world.

This one’s from last month, but check out the first trailer from Jeff Bridges’ The Seventh Son which will now be distributed through Universal instead of Legendary’s previous partner Warner Bros. Looks sufficiently epic and fantastical. We can’t wait to see Jeff Bridges in the “wise old teacher” role. The film does not yet have a U.S. release date.

The Music Box: Schleprock – (America’s) Dirty Little Secret – 1996

schleprock america's dirty little secret Longtime readers might remember a semi-recurring comic reading project I kicked off a while back called simply The Box. I’d gotten a box of comics from my inlaws, would reach in and pull out a few random issues, give them a read and write a review. Well, I recently found myself in a similar situation, but with CDs thanks to an awesome package from my pal Jesse. In an effort to not only make my way through the discs, but also create some kind of record of what I liked and didn’t like about them and also sharpen my music-writing chops a bit, I’ve created The Music Box. I select a disc at random, listen to it without doing any research, write a review and then look the band up. Should be fun.

The first entry comes from a punk band called Schleprock, specifically their 1996 album (America’s) Dirty Little Secret. I was excited when I pulled this one out because it reminded me of some of the pop punk records I bought in high school and into college. I still listen to Green Day and Sublime. I enjoyed my fair share of records by bands like Suicide Machines, Blink-182, Sum 41 and some of the ska groups like Goldfinger, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Save Ferris and Reel Big Fish. There was an earnestness and passion there that wanted to break away from normal society and just do their own thing. As a teenager who felt far from normal, it’s hard not to relate to those themes, especially when they’ve become popular and burst forth from the radio and MTV on a regular basis. Plus fast easy-to-play guitar riffs are just fun.

So, Schleprock. Part of me wondered if this would be some forgotten gem. The kind of record that was produced by a band that fell apart for some reason or decided to shirk off the responsibilities of recording for a major label like Warner Bros. But, the far more likely seems to be the case: this band was picked up and produced to cash in on the popularity of the bands I mentioned above. After doing a little research — I had to resort to Google because there’s no Wiki page — I discovered that these guys not only took their name from a Flinstones spinoff character, but also formed in 1989, got signed to WB the same year this record came out and broke up in 1997.

First and foremost, I’ve got to say that (America’s) Dirty Little Secret isn’t a bad record. Vocalist Doug Caine, guitarists Jeff Graham and Sean Romin, drummer Dirty Ernie and bassist Dean Wilson made a good sounding record. They play well together and, musically, created some interesting songs that do a lot of the things you’d expect from a SoCal punk band from the 90s: rapid fire snare drums, bright bass parts, gang vocals, occasional surf rock inspired guitar lines, chunky riffs and solos that honestly surprised my with not only their presence, but their quality.

But, that’s kind of the problem, this record and this band just sound SO much like what you’d expect them to sound like (aside from the out-of-nowhere steel drum solo on “TV Dinner”). While those elements might have brought me into the world of SoCal punk back in the day, now they set off recognition alarms in my head that I can’t always trace back to the source, but still recognize. Sometimes they sound like Goldfinger, sometimes it’s Suicide Machines. Other times lead singer Caine decides to sing like Johnny Rotten. It’s cool to make nods or musical references to your heroes — I still remember how cool it was realizing that Billy Joe Armstrong said “problem” just like Johnny Rotten as a kind of nod — but you can’t do it too much because it comes off as copycat-ish.

Making matters worse, while I the instrumentation of the tracks was solid, the songs themselves didn’t do much for me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s cool to mess around in a genre, but you’ve got to bring something new or different to the table and I don’t think this record did that. On the other hand, the video for “Suburbia” above is actually unique and interesting. These kinds of songs all sound fairly familiar and just don’t do a lot for me, aside from the album’s final track “Back With A Bang” which focuses on a Unabomber type individual. And even that one devolves into the whole band singing the chorus over and over and over again until they hit the three minute mark and bounce. In fact, a lot of the songs used that trick which made me think there was a good deal of filler on this record.

schleprock album stickerSo, my first listen to (America’s) Dirty Little Secret didn’t exactly feel like uncovering a buried treasure Indiana Jones-style. It didn’t insult or offend by any means, I just felt like I’ve heard these tricks done better by other artists. Then, I played the record again while doing dishes and a little work and it was fine. This music makes for great background music because you don’t really have to focus on it, especially if you have a history with this style.

Here’s the thing, this music has a series of tropes that everyone played with that don’t necessarily age well. Since the bag o’ tricks is fairly limited, you associate them with certain artists, songs and records you heard first. Had I listened to Schleprock when I was 13, I probably would have loved them and added them into the punk rock section of my CD collection, but since I’m 30, I don’t know if I’ll even think to listen to them again.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: Godzilla Shogun Warrior

Two quotes made this spot perfect for Toy Commercial Tuesday: “You can control his ugly tongue!” and “You can launch Godzilla’s claw!” Now, I’ve seen my fair share of terrible thunder lizard movies and I don’t remember his tongue coming into play that much or his hand leaving his body. Still, this Mattel Shogun Warrior toy looks pretty cool. The whole big robot thing was a few years before my time, but I wish someone had passed me some of those crazy toys when I was a kid. How cool would it have been to have my G.I. Joes or Spider-Man toys face off against them?!

Universal Denies Rumors Of Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Re-Teaming For Bourne Sequel

Film Title: The Bourne UltimatumIf you were hoping that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass would re-team for the fifth Bourne movie, Universal’s got some news for you: not happening. After TwitchFilm reported that the Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum duo were in talks with Universal to return to the franchise, the studio came right out and told Variety that there’s “no truth” to the rumor.

Sounds like a pretty done deal then, right? Well, Twitch updated their original post with “we remain very confident in our sources.”

The fifth Bourne film, which doesn’t yet have an official title, is being written by Sherlock Holmes’ Anthony Peckham and presumably focuses on Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross character as introduced in The Bourne Legacy.

To My Mind, Amazing Spider-Man Is Superior

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Like a lot of people, I was dubious when I head about plans to reboot the Spider-Man film franchise so quickly after the previous installment (there’s only 5 years between Spider-Man 3 and Amazing). I’m also about the only person on Earth who doesn’t like Spider-Man 2 (too overwrought) and one of the many people who actively disliked Spider-Man 3, so more Spidey on the big screen wasn’t something I was interested in whatsoever. So, why’d I wind up watching it last night? Pretty simple: we’ve got a Starz’ family movie channel replacing the absent CBS on our cable and it happened to be on. With a general feeling of, “Eh, why not?” and our daughter loving Spider-Man, my wife and I figured we’d give it a shot.

And, you know what? I really enjoyed this movie. I’ll say right now that it’s been years since I watched Spider-Man and my memories of that film have absolutely been tarnished by the sequels, but Amazing compared favorably to that other film as far as I’m concerned. I liked the “figuring out his powers” scene a lot for instance and not just because it included skateboarding.

While still doing the origin thing (which I actually missed as we turned the movie on about 10 or 15 minutes late) the movie focused more on Peter Parker as a high school kid. Before Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) inevitably passes away, but after Peter discovers his powers, he embraces his new abilities as well as the scientific projects he gets to work on with the one-armed Dr. Connors. They’re working on a limb regeneration experiment that Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) winds up using on himself, which turns him into the Lizard, a process that drove him so crazy that he utilized a device to try and spread the lizard-izing chemicals all over NYC. Meanwhile, Peter’s flirting with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and meeting her dad (Denis Leary) who doesn’t like the vigilante running around his city.

First and foremost, I adored Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. I’d only ever saw him in The Social Network and wasn’t sure how he’d play as one of the world’s most iconic superheroes, but I thought he killed it. He nailed the darkness that comes from the loss of a loved one along with the general high school angst. This isn’t just the story of Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man, but the story of a boy dealing with the loss of his father figure while also working through actual parental issues and you feel that throughout the film. Then, a few minutes later, he’s doing the whole jokey thing which is clearly his way of embracing his new life. Some people complained that there wasn’t enough joking around, but that made sense with this story which gets pretty intense pretty quickly.

I also appreciated what they didn’t do in this movie. There’s no “With great power comes great responsibility” or wrestling match or Mary Jane or J. Jonah Jameson or Norman Osborn. Those elements are there in various forms, but after seeing those things done already, it was nice to see them skipped over this time around. My biggest concern going into Amazing was that it would be far too much of a rehash. Sure, director Marc Webb ((500) Days Of Summer) makes nods to the comic book and movie origins but also puts a spin on them that makes sense within the context of this film.

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I should also note that I’ve never read Spider-Man comics aside from an Ultimate Spider-Man binge-read I did years ago that got me up to around the #100 mark (I didn’t dig it). So, while watching this version of the story I wasn’t concerned with “Hey, that’s not like the comic” or constantly comparing it to the hundreds of comics I’ve read (like I did with Dark Knight Rises and Man Of Steel). Thanks to that disconnect I was able to just sit back and enjoy the film.

Oh, the special effects are rad too. I know they did as much practically as they could, but even the super CGI-y scenes made sense and looked pretty good on my TV. I’d still like to watch the movie on Blu-ray at some point to really see how good or bad it looks.

I dug the movie and so did my kid actually. It’s funny the little things here and there that she picks up on. There’s a part where Peter’s supposed to pick up eggs but gets sidetracked. My wife and I both joked that he forgot the eggs when he got back to the house and our daughter kept asking about the eggs throughout the movie. Unfortunately, she fell asleep before that was all wrapped up at the end of the movie, yet another reason to watch the movie again!

Bullet Points: Hot Rounds Of Information Goodness

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The Grandmaster might have opened on only seven screens last weekend, but it still earned a per-screen average better than any other release. The Ip Man biopic starring Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi opens much wider to around 600 screen this weekend and will hopefully continue making a good deal of cash. [via THR]

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Another day, another round of Expendables 3 images popping up. This time Wesley Snipes got in on the action! [via ComingSoon]

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Fast & Furious and Riddick star Vin Diesel‘s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at 11:30 PST. Congrats Vin! [via Variety]sharni-vinson-step-up-3d

There’s been a movie in the works for a while now without a title referred to as “the female Expendables.” As you can probably figure out, it features an all-star group of women kicking ass and blowing things up (presumably). The movie’s already got Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff on board and now includes Step Up 3D and You’re Next star Sharni Vinson. [via Collider]

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Word on the street is that Sony’s making a TV series based on Robert Rodriguez’s excellent El Mariachi trilogy. Great news, right? Well, not so great when you find out they’re not involving Rodriguez in the process and won’t even return his phone calls on the subject. Ouch. [via Deadline]machete-kills-sofia-vergara-alexa-vega

Speaking of Rodriguez, dig this new photo from Machete Kills featuring Sofia Vergara, Alexa Vega and Elle LaMont. [via EW]

If you like Johnny Depp being all wacky and Jack Sparrow-y then you’ll be interested to learn that the fifth Pirates movie now has an official title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  [via This Is Infamous]

Sylvester Stallone “Will Not Portray” Rambo In TV Series

rambo first blood part 2 Well, that didn’t take long to clear up. Just a few days ago, Entertainment One and Nu Image announced that they’re working on a Rambo TV series that film star Sylvester Stallone could possibly appear in. But now The Hollywood Reporter got exclusive word from Stallone’s people who said he will not appear on the show.

“While a television series based on the Rambo property is in development with Entertainment One and Nu Image, contrary to reports, Sylvester Stallone will certainly not reprise his role as the iconic John Rambo for the small screen,” the PR rep said. They did note that the Academy Award winning actor/screenwriter might have a hand in the creative side of things.

How do you think they’re going to handle this one, gang? The original Rambo was a Vietnam vet who could never quite fit back into society, so what will the deal be with the new version? They could go the period piece-route and keep the same basic premise or update the character as a veteran who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Also, will they just reset the whole thing or make the new character a relative of John Rambo a la the Shaft movie starring Sam Jackson? What would be your ultimate Rambo show?