Movie Cheat Sheet: Alien: Covenant, The Flash and more
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from "Alien: Covenant."
THE BIG STORY
Peele has no time for remakes
Not only is Jordan Peele the hottest up-and-coming director in Hollywood, he might be the most legit, too. And if you don’t believe me, this should help set the record straight. This week we learned that Peele not only turned down the opportunity to helm Warner Bros.’ upcoming live-action version of Akira, he also took a hard pass on directing The Flash, the big money modern redo of Uptown Saturday Night and a handful of other expensive remakes. And his reason? He has no interest in working with refurbished ideas. According to Peele, “Akira is one of my favourite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of.
But the real question for me is, do I want to do pre-existing material or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.” Bless your heart, Mr. Peele. What a refreshing mindset in boring ol’ Hollywood these days.
The Flash may be Oscar calibre
Ok, that’s probably not true. But it looks like the upcoming superhero flick may actually get an Oscar-winning touch. Word has it that Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis is the frontrunner to helm the 2018 DC standalone movie, starring Ezra Miller in the iconic lightening-clad red unitard. Apparently, Marc Webb and Sam Raimi both passed on the gig, which is totally fine with me. I’d take a Zemeckis superhero flick over another one from those dudes any day.
Don’t mess with the Dunst diet Take note, directors. If you ever work with Kirsten Dunst, don’t you dare request that she drops weight for her part ... even if your last name is Coppola. Dunst revealed this week that Sofia Coppola asked her to shed some pounds for her role as Edwina Dabney in next month’s southern drama, The Beguiled. Dunst essentially said ‘hells no.’ According to Kirsten, “It’s so much harder when you’re 35 and hate working out. I’m eating fried chicken and McDonald’s before work. So I’m like, ‘We have no options! I’m sorry I can’t lose weight for this role.’” Good for her. If I was shooting for a month in Louisiana, all I’d want to do is eat, too. Sorry, Sofia.
Sure Ben, blame the kids Get it straight, people. The reason that we’ll never see a Ben Affleck-directed Jennifer Garner flick is not because Affleck is a reportedly former dysfunctional mess. And it’s not because the two endured a nasty divorce. It’s because their damn kids are in the way. At least that’s what Ben said this week when he was asked about making a potential flick with his ex-wife: “I would love to, are you kidding me? I think that would be great. I’ve often said that I want to direct a movie that Jennifer was in because I think she’s so great and she could do something really cool. The problem that gets in the way is that one of us has to be looking after the kids at home.” Yeah, whatever you say Ben.
I’m sure Jennifer is just pining for that opportunity.
If you didn’t get a chance to check out the trailer for Logan Noir this week, you best be getting your butt to YouTube. I knew that a black and white version of Hugh Jackman’s last lap as Wolverine would be sweet, but the teaser looks epic.
It has inspired me to buy a Blu-Ray for the first time in 4 years, just so I can watch it. I highly encourage you to do the same.
BEST AND WORST IN THEATRES
Sweet space spooks: Alien: Covenant
Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant has finally arrived and critics are saying it’s been worth the wait. Despite the film not breaking away from the classic Alien formula, Covenant is packed with enough thrills, chills and space spooks to satisfy all of us horror and sci-fi lovers. And Michael Fassbender is fantastic. Duh. This is the flick you need to see this weekend.
Everything ... we’ve seen before: Everything, Everything
I thought we all agreed that after the release of The Space Between Us a few months back, we officially reached our 2017 quota for painfully hokey tales of forbidden teen love. Apparently Everything, Everything didn’t get the memo. Reviews are being held back on the romantic teen drama starring The Hunger Games’ Amandla Stenberg and Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson. We all know why. It looks awful. Don’t waste your time or money seeing it.
An even crappier entry: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
The latest entry in the Wimpy Kid film series is a bonafide stinker. Critics are ripping the family road trip adventure for being a charmless, witless mess of poop and puke jokes. And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, the cast of kids and adults is insufferable. Skip it and don’t look back.