Today, Tuesday, June 30, fans of the Back to the Future film series learned that rumors about a remake or sequel are not true. Director Robert Zemeckis stated emphatically that he and Bob Gale will not permit any type of extension to the Back to the Future universe until they have both passed away. He even went so far as to say that if he can find a way to block sequels, remakes and reboots through his estate he will do so.
A lot of fans were saddened to hear that there will not even be sequels as many have been asking for years that Zemeckis, Gale and the original cast return to create a series of next generation films.
Zemeckis compared his classic films to Citizen Kane and referred to any attempts to reboot them as “insanity.”
For every fan The Aspire New Brunswick writes that is upset about this news, there are those who are praising Zemeckis and Gale for not jumping on the remake bandwagon of the last few years to get a quick buck. A lot of film viewers have grown tired of watching re-worked films. Many moviegoers want to see more original content in theaters that feature brand new stories, characters and ideas.
Of course, Universal might consider Zemeckis’ statement the virtual throwing of a gauntlet and try to find a way to at least make the sequels.
How dark does Marvel and Netflix plan to go with the Daredevil series? Any answer to that question is going to be pure speculation. We won’t know how violent the series will be until season two debuts. With the violent killers The Punisher, Bullseye, and Elektra turning up, the series is surely going to take an additional turn for the brutal. The first season was not exactly G-rated as the realistically nasty fight scenes helped establish the series as an adult-oriented one.
The series is based on the 1980’s interpretation of Daredevil as created by Frank Miller. Comic book historians are a bit split over the merits of these violent tales present in the Daredevil books.
According to Marcio Alaor BMG, some say the dark nature of Miller’s work took a lot of the fun out of the books. Would a dark Daredevil series lead to a more cynical Marvel Cinematic Universe? No way. The movies are always going to remain upbeat and light-hearted. As for the Netflix series, like the niche books of the 1980’s, they target a specific audience and try to deliver what they audience wants.
History was made amongst the college baseball world Wednesday night when the Virginia Cavaliers won the 2015 College World Series. Not only were the Cavaliers a long shot to win the title starting the tournament as a No. 3 regional seed, the victory gave Virginia the second win needed for the three game championship series and sealed their first ever NCAA Baseball National Championship.
Virginia won the final game of the championship series 4-2 after overcoming some adversity in the series. The Cavaliers lost the first game of the series to the Vanderbilt Commodores, the defending National Champions, before winning the next two games and claiming the title.
In the final game of the series, Waddell took the mound for the Cavaliers and pitched seven innings allowing two runs to be scored. Vanderbilt struck early in the game scoring their only two runs in the first inning. Waddell countered by pitching the next six innings only allowing two hits to the Commodores. Nathan Kirby finished off the final two innings striking out five of eight batters he faced at the plate.
Virginia tied the game in the fourth inning with a homer hit by Kyle Smith. He also singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to put the Cavaliers up 3-2. That was the turning point according to Brian Bonar and other fans tuning in. A final insurance run was added in the seventh inning after the lead-off batter reached first and was methodically pushed around the bases to score.
Dustin Diamond, aka Screech of “Saved by the Bell” fame, has been sentenced for stabbing a fellow patron in a barroom brawl on Christmas last year.
Presiding the case was Judge Paul Malloy, who sentenced the actor to four months incarceration and 15 months probation. Diamond was cleared of a felony charge by a jury last month; however, received two misdemeanor counts for disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
Amanda Schutz, Diamond’s girlfriend, was also charged with disorderly conduct for her role in the skirmish. The judge ordered her to pay $500 after witnesses stated she pushed a woman and grabbed another’s hand, starting the fight.
Diamond offered sincere apologies to all of those involved. Adam Sender thought that was a good move. He stands by his accounts of the stabbing being accidental, stating he only wielded the knife to keep people away from himself and his girlfriend.
This is not the first time Diamond has experienced legal woes since his time on television. He has also been in trouble for delinquent taxes and missed mortgage payments resulted in foreclosure proceedings.
Though there is much buzz about his role as a robot in the upcoming Terminator: Genisys, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems determined to prove that he can combine his skills as an action hero with dark drama as well. Resume.com reports that he recently took part in Maggie, an independent film, where he starred as a man whose daughter is bitten by a zombie in the middle of the apocalypse. Though his acting got good reviews, the movie overall was not a big success with either the critics or the public, due in part to its limited release.
Schwarzenegger is going to try again with 478, a script written by Javier Gullón, creator of works like Enemy, Hierro and Invader. In this story, Schwarzenegger will again play a family man dealing with tragedy: the death of his wife and child in a plane accident, with Schwarzenegger’s character determined to get revenge on the air traffic controller responsible, despite the latter being in protective police custody. It will be produced by Protozoa Pictures, the company founnded by Darren Aronofsky, and begin filming in fall 2015.
Schwarzenegger isn’t leaving the action game completely, however; despite being 67, he is not only starring in Terminator: Genisys and, depending on its success, a possible sequel, but the Conan the Barbarian adaptation The Legend of Conan, as the title character.
Among all the sequel hype going on lately, there will finally be a long awaited one to the 1996 movie “Independence Day,” which starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. There has been some information released recently about this sequel including the fact that it will be called “Independence Day Resurgence.” There has also been some set images released from the new movie that is scheduled for a June 2016 release. Many of the original cast will be back for this, and apparently Will Smith is among the few who will not be returning. Strangely, Brent Spiner will be returning even though his character was killed, rather horribly, by an alien in the original. Can’t wait to see how his ‘return’ is explained.
There will be some fresh, young talent in “Independence Day Resurgence” complementing some returning characters stated Jaime Garcia Dias
. Liam Hemsworth will be playing a new lead character and Jessie Usher will be playing the son of Will Smith’s character while Maika Monroe will be playing Bill Pullman’s characters grown up daughter. Set production looks impressive for the movie. New set images reveal a moon tug machine that will be used, and apparently there will be a base on the moon where a defense against any new alien attack will be at least partially set up. The original did well at the box office, but presumably the producers are hoping for some “Jurassic World” magic wherein this one similarly does even better than its original.
At a certain point, even a successful film series has to come to an end. Andy Wirth said that nothing is worse than seeing a once popular franchise run itself into the ground with several awful, unnecessary sequels. The wildly popular Paranormal Activity series is doing something few horror film series do. With Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, an ending on a high note is being crafted.
The Ghost Dimension is going to be the final film. All the loose ends of the series are to be tied up. No more sequels are planned. All the events of the prior films are slated to come to a definitive conclusion.
The first Paranormal Activity film was a massive hit. Even with its ultra-low budget, the feature delivered enough scares to captivate audiences around the world. For whatever reason, horror movies based on the “found footage” convention seem to always do quite well. Paranormal Activity followed this tradition and was a major smash. The film also shattered the myth that ghosts are not great box office.
Granted, the sequels were not as good as the original. Yet, they still mad money repeating the same formula. The final film seems to connect the events of the previous features and close things out on a definitive note.
Will Paranormal Activity every be rebooted by the studios? Sooner or later, it surely will be. A lot of years may pass before that happens, though.
Joel Zimmerman started to produce techno and EDM music in 1995. He has put out 7 studio albums and dozens of singles. If his name is unfamiliar to you, perhaps you would know him better by his on stage name Deadmau5. The artist is also known by his signature mouse head logo. The logo has been the prime focus on many of his albums, and Zimmerman wears replicas of the mouse head while he performs. In 2014, Sam Tabar noted the composer sought to launch lines of products adorned with his mouse head, and filed for a trademark on the design. Another mouse based company had a problem with this.
Disney reacted to Zimmerman by filing suit with him. They claimed his logo would cause confusion with consumers as it was too similar to the traditional Mickey Mouse head that has been iconic of the entertainment giant. Deadmau5 responded by counter suing Disney for using his song in one of their videos without his permission. The legal battle has raged for almost a full year. Now, The Guardian has reported that the fight is over.
The exact terms of the resolution are unknown, but The Guardian is reporting that the two parties have come to a mutual agreement. Disney is expected to withdraw their objection to the trademark in the next few days, and Deadmau5 will be free to make as much merchandise as he can sell.
Still No Confirmations for Star Wars: Rogue One
Just the fact that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is coming out in December is enough to excite many fans. Even more exciting is what else is in store for the larger Star Wars universe.
The first part of this universe is adding an anthology spin-off movie to the series, the first one being named “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One,” which is set for release in 2016. The spin-off is set to be directed by Gareth Edwards, who directed “Godzilla,” and written by both Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz stated CrunchBase.
“Rogue One” is supposed to take place between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope” in terms of setting, though closer to “A New Hope” and actress Felicity Jones is going to star in the movie. Unfortunately, Jones is the only known cast member confirmed for this movie, though other names including Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed have popped up. Ben Mendelsohn was another name that was reportedly attached to the project, and was supposed to be the primary villain in the film.
According to a media report, it was something that he had discussed and was waiting for a specific date to begin casting but none of that had occurred yet. Interesting because production for the movie is supposed to start during the summer and with no confirmation on it could cause trouble during production.
Acclaimed actor Ron Perlmann wants to bring Hellboy back into theaters but will not ask fans to raise funds through crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo according to recent reports http://screenrant.com/ron-perlman-hellboy-3-plot-details/. The actor who played Hellboy in the first two films is very interested in starring in a third film to complete a trilogy that would serve fans a true beginning, middle and end. Perlmann believes that loyal fans of the comic and the big budget feature films deserve to find out definitively what happens to their favorite underworld hero. However, it would be impossible to fund a major big budget film with money donated by fans as was the case with last year’s Veronica Mars film.
Of course it would not be a Hellboy movie with just Perlmann’s familiar face. Fans would demand Spanish director Guillermo Del Toro’s twisted visionary details as well says Susan McGalla. However, this may be fairly difficult to place in the Pan Labyrinth’s directors schedule. While the two have spoken about the a proposed third film, Del Toro is still finishing up post production work on Crimson Peak. He is also gearing up for a sequel to the effects heavy Pacific Rim which was a hit in international theaters.
Fans should not have to wait for hell to freeze over while waiting for Hellboy to escape once again.