Some movies are good, and some movies are bad. Others still are so bad that they’re good. Then you have a movie like Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, a movie that does not fit any of these descriptions. In actuality, Kung Pow is very much all of these things. Many scenes are just brilliant and hilarious, while others are just downright bad (that cow fight…). Overall, it feels like the film is purposefully trying to be so bad it’s good. In the end, what you get is probably one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. So it is with great joy that I can announce that Kung Pow 2 is finally happening!
Last weekend, Steve Oedekerk, writer and director of Kung Pow, was at Dragonfest to speak with fans. While there, he dropped the news that he is finally going ahead with the sequel. For years, Oedekerk has talked about wanting to do the sequel, but this is the first time he has said that he is moving forward with it. This means it’s probably safe to assume that it’s really happening.
There are some movie roles that are so iconic, that it seems like nobody else could have possibly played them. Of course, how can we ever really know how someone else would have done in these roles? As a movie fan, one of my favorite things to do is to look at actors who almost won a role, and imagine what those films would have been like had they been cast. This time we’ll be looking at actors who almost got the role of Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future.
There are some things in life that just go together well. Things like: milk and cookies; popcorn and movies; and boy bands and zombie westerns. Thankfully, the visionary filmmakers at The Asylum are well aware of that last one, as they’ll be producing the film Dead 7, a zombie western horror film written by and starring Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame.
The film, described as a post-apocalyptic drama, will follow the exploits of a “ragtag band of gunslingers” who battle against the zombie plague. Appearing in the film alongside Nick Carter will be fellow Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and ‘NSync’s Joey Fatone. It’s unclear at this point how significant each of the former heartthrob’s roles will be.
There’s fantastic news for fans of Hammer horror and good, old-fashioned gothic haunted house films: Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak creeps into theaters in October.
When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.
I can scarcely imagine a better cast! Tom Hiddleston was exquisite as emo vampire Adam in 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and Mia Wasikowska brought brooding heroine beauty to her portrayal of Jane Eyre in 2011. Jessica Chastain has her own haunted history, having starred in 2013’s Mama, while Charlie Hunnam certainly proved his worth in del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
Disney is still determined to mine its animated vault for every last drop of inspiration, but the company is taking a slightly different approach for its live-action adaptation of Aladdin. Instead of retelling the rags-to-riches story of the street rat from Agrabah or making a movie about a misunderstood Jafar, the studio has announced that it will be producing a live-action prequel about the Genie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new film will be called Genies and will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. It will also keep the action-comedy tone of the original Aladdin. The film will explore the realm of genies (hence the Aliens approach to movie titling), and will explain how the blue Genie ended up imprisoned in the lamp 10,000 years before Aladdin.
Now that Warner Bros. has caved to pressure and begrudgingly released the Suicide Squad footage that leaked during Comic Con, the only major sizzle reel yet to get an official release is the first trailer for Deadpool, which is apparently so good that it received a standing ovation and an immediate encore when it was screened over the weekend. You’d hope that Fox would eventually come to its senses – a grainy version of the trailer leaked during Comic Con, though it’s tougher to come by now – but until then, we’ll have to make do with those imperfect first impressions.
Thankfully, what we saw is pretty decent. I’m not sure it’s standing-ovation-and-an-encore amazing, but Deadpool at least seems to be a good faith adaptation. The character was infamously mishandled in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the terrible script wasn’t Ryan Reynolds’ fault and he’s clearly enthusiastic about the character. He also seems to understand the meta-anarchic sensibilities that make Deadpool so much fun. The new Deadpool consistently breaks the fourth wall and refuses to shut up even when he doesn’t have anything useful or humorous to say.
Warning: Like with all news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some may consider the information in this article somewhat spoilery. I would say that this information barely qualifies as spoilers, but if you’re worried, then I would advise discretion.
The other day I wrote an article that cautioned everyone not to expect a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens at San Diego Comic Con. As it turns out, this ended up being true. However, The Force Awakens panel was hardly disappointing. In fact, one might argue the footage that we did get was actually better than a new trailer.
The first rumor comes courtesy of Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily. The site is reporting that Chinese action star Donnie Yen (pictured above) has signed on for a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Apparently, Yen would be playing a Jedi who meets up with Han Solo at some point. The report even goes so far as to say that he’ll be flying to London soon to start filming.
Another day, another alien invasion movie! And the cheese is strong with Encounter.
The film’s synopsis reads like something out of an early episode of The X-Files, minus of course the tension between agents Mulder and Scully. The similarities don’t end there, as the film’s official website looks like a major flashback to a 1990s Geocities fan page about The X-Files.
This month’s Comic Block includes quite the exclusive: A variant cover of a crossover of epic proportions: Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, issue #1.
Written by Mike Johnson, the series takes us on a journey through the cosmos as we witness the meeting of two of the biggest space science fiction franchises ever when the crew of Captain James T. Kirk’s U.S.S. Enterprise crosses paths with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.
We’re huge comic book fans here at Nerdy Stuff, so we jumped at the chance to interview Mike Johnson about his work on the book.