Why A Star Is Born Works Better Than Most Remakes, According To Sam Elliott

Depending on your perspective, remakes are a tricky business. Either you understand how they can blow the dust off of a dated property and repurpose it for a new audience, or you are diametrically opposed to the concept, because the original material was fine enough. We were surprised when we sat down across from Sam Elliott at the press junket for A Star Is Born, because he made it clear up front that he’s NOT okay with remakes. In general, he’s opposed to the idea of them. (Someone must have tipped him off to the news of a Roadhouse remake… terrible idea, Hollywood!) But Elliott opened up as to why this remake of A Star Is Born works, explaining to CinemaBlend:

I know that some of you might read Sam Elliott’s comments and think, “Well, what else is he going to say? He’s promoting a remake!” But when we started the conversation about the industry’s penchant for remaking anything from the past that is a household name, Elliott certainly didn’t hold back, critiquing those decisions as strictly monetary, and standing in the way of creativity. Elliott confessed:

Sam Elliott can speak with conviction because the remake that he’s part of improves in virtually every aspect of the previous versions of A Star is Born, benefitting from the brilliant casting of Lady Gaga in the lead role, and the commanding control shown by Bradley Cooper as a first-time director. Sam Elliott plays Cooper’s manager, a steady hand for an artist who’s tumbling along in an alcoholic haze. He plays an important part in the narrative. Here’s Elliott on remakes:

You can start to see for yourself what Sam Elliott is talking about, because A Star Is Born is in theaters as we speak. Why are you still here? Go!

Hobbs And Shaw Has Added A Deadpool 2 Actor

The casting, first reported by Collider, reunites Eddie Marsan with his Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch, who is helming the Fast and Furious spinoff. Plot details for Hobbs and Shaw are currently under wraps, but brutal fights, fast cars and an explosion or two seem probable, and likewise this casting news does not give us any idea about whom Eddie Marsan is playing in the film. However, the casting news does note that Eddie Marsan’s role is not a large one, but it is said to be significant. Eddie Marsan joins a cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Mission: Impossible Fallout‘s Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba, who will be playing the villain in the film.

How The Hellboy Reboot Is Different From The Guillermo Del Toro Movies, According To Hellboy’s Creator

For a long time, Hellboy fans kept hoping that Guillermo del Toro would get the opportunity to make Hellboy III and give the story he told in the previous two movies a proper conclusion. But you can’t always get what you want, and last year it was announced that a new Hellboy movie is on the way, but it will be a reboot. David Harbour, who’s bringing Hellboy to life this time around, has previously said that unlike Ron Perlman’s Hellboy, his version of the character will go “through a lot more struggle, a lot more angst,” and Mike Mignola, the man who created Hellboy, notes that while both del Toro’s Hellboy movies and director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy pull from his source material, the latter is honing in on those horror elements more closely. In Mignola’s words:

Mike Mignola‘s take on the Hellboy reboot certainly falls in line with that we’ve learned about it over the last year. While Guillermo del Toro’s take on the Hellboy mythology certainly had their scary and unsettling moments, the movies operated within the safer PG-13 confines. This reboot, on the other hand, will be R-rated and not for the more squeamish moviegoers. And again, just because the new Hellboy is veering more into horror than fantasy doesn’t mean it’s not going to honor the original stories. In fact, continuing in his interview with Deadline, Mignola stated that from what he saw when visiting the Hellboy set in Bulgaria, this reboot looks his creations were ripped straight from the comics, something he didn’t feel with the earlier movies. Mignola said:

Based off the Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt and The Storm and the Fury comic book story arcs, the Hellboy reboot will see the eponymous protagonist and his allies battling a medieval sorceress who wants to destroy humanity. Along with David Harbour as Hellboy, the main cast includes Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio. Hellboy has a panel at New York Comic-Con this Saturday, so if the predictions prove true, that’s when we’ll get the first trailer.

Previously scheduled for January 11, 2019, Hellboy has now moved to April 12 of the same year, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates. In the meantime, feel free to look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out next year.

Jamie Dornan Will Play A Journalist In Both Of His Fifty Shades Follow-Ups

Say what you will about the Fifty Shades franchise, but its stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are continuing to rise to stardom and take on new fascinating roles much because of its past success. Johnson is creating buzz surrounding her two upcoming October releases, Bad Times at the El Royale and horror-remake Suspiria. Dornan is also sharing a busy release schedule with three films with his name coming out before the year’s end. Two of which has the actor portraying the stories of two very different real-life journalists in A Private War and in the HBO TV movie, My Dinner With Hervé. Why did Dornan make this shift from playing a shady, kinky billionaire you may ask? Here’s what he said:

In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, the former Christian Grey explained the difference between these two roles. Up first, My Dinner with Hervé has Jamie Dornan playing a struggling journalist, Danny Tate, who forms a friendship with Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage) shortly before the television star committed suicide in 1993. His other role in A Private War has Dornan portraying British photojournalist Paul Conroy, who photographed some of the most taunting war images in the middle east alongside badass journalist Marie Colvin, played by Rosamund Pike.

For A Private War, Jamie Dornan recounted meeting with Paul Conroy, who showed him some of images he photographed. They were so gruesome that newspapers felt they could not publish them and are permanently imprinted in Dornan’s brain. While Dornan maintains that both the roles are polar opposites, he said he thinks someone has to be “a wee bit mad” to be a journalist of any kind. A madness that he also believes actors such as himself and other creatives must possess. Delving into the world of war journalism proved to be more taxing as the movie discusses the damage the line of work has on people. His co-star Rosamund Pike will be portraying journalist Marie Colvin, who wears an eyepatch in the film due to her close encounters with war and died in 2012 while covering the siege of Homs in Syria.

Jamie Dornan is also involved in the Robin Hood reboot starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Dornan will be playing Will Scarlet in the fun action flick, one of the iconic members of the Hood’s Merry Men. The actor certainly has a lot of exciting upcoming roles to follow-up the Fifty Shades franchise. My Dinner with Hervé airs on HBO on October 20 and A Private War and Robin Hood hit theaters on November 21.

Criminal Minds Showrunner Talks How Long She Wants The Show To Last

Criminal Minds is currently in its fourteenth season and just celebrated its 300th episode with the season premiere. It is an impressive run by any standard. With another long-running CBS series calling it quits, it stands to reason that fans may be concerned CBS’ hit crime procedural could join them. Responding to whether she has an endgame in mind for it, Criminal Minds‘ showrunner Erica Messer revealed how long she thinks the drama can keep going. Messer said:

Based on what Erica Messer told TV Insider, the showrunner seems confident that even if Criminal Minds were to come to an end, the series would live on in some capacity. One way of doing that would be through another spinoff. As Messer hints, people will never tire of stories that involve the good guys taking down the bad ones. Her optimism about the show’s future coincides with something she previously shared in response to running out of bad guys.

While there has been a lot of talk surrounding Criminal Minds making it to its 300th episode, the series’ outlook has been met with a slight cloud overhead. The issue? Fans had to sweat out whether the series would be renewed for a fourteenth season and when it was, it was with a reduced episode count. The current season will run for 15 episodes, seven down from the show’s usual run of 22 episodes.

There were rumblings that the show’s episode count would be increased, although it currently remains the same. Despite the outside tension surrounding the show’s future, Criminal Minds has made it for another season. For her part, the series’ showrunner seems confident about the drama’s prospects, and her statement makes it clear that even if it ends, it can eventually be revisited. Whether fans are watching Criminal Minds‘ final episodes, only time will tell.

Albeit, crew members have reportedly said Season 14 would be the series’ last. The fact the series’ showrunner is so optimistic about the franchise’s outlook should be comforting to fans. The pieces are arguably in place for the series to wrap up if that is what ends up happening.

Rossi will be embarking on a romance with his ex-wife. We know that Garcia will eventually come through the dark period she is in, following the unsettling events of the Season 14 premiere. Plus, there will be a deeper dive into the characters’ personal lives throughout the season, so there will be no shortage of things to continue looking forward to.

Every show eventually comes to an end, so there is no reason not to relish the here and now. The fourteenth season of Criminal Minds will continue airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime drama is among a myriad of new programming arriving on CBS, alongside other network series coming this fall.

Jason Blum Is Down For More Halloween Sequels

The last few years have been very successful for the horror genre, as plenty of new and exciting projects have been met with critical and box office acclaim. Movies like Get Out and Split have come from Blumhouse Productions, and now the horror house will put its spin on a real classic: Halloween. The new canon-defying sequel will arrive shortly, bringing back OG scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. The upcoming Halloween is being teased as Laurie’s final conflict with Michael Myers, but does Blumhouse have plans for more sequels? Jason Blum was recently asked just this. and responded enthusiastically with:

In true horror fashion, Jason Blum isn’t counting the Halloween franchise out just yet. Because if Blumhouse’s catalogue of horror films is any indication, they know how to keep a property alive.

While partly in jest, Jason Blum’s comments to EW show that Blumhouse Productions might just keep the Halloween property going after the upcoming sequel. John Carpenter’s original movie debuted back in 1978, and the franchise has kept strong in the decades since Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode first faced off against Michael Myers. Horror properties rely on sequels, with this year’s Halloween marks the whopping 11th film in the series.

Another potential Halloween sequel is going to depend on both the box office performance of this month’s installment, as well as the film’s contents. Halloween is currently being hyped up as Laurie Strode’s final conflict with Michael Myers. This strongly hints that Jamie Lee Curtis’ won’t be back again, and that the scream queen might even perish during some point in the film. If that’s the case, Blumhouse has done some set up to continue to the franchise, as the new Halloween will also focus on Laurie’s daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).

Blumhouse Productions has had its own share of horror franchise, so it seems primed to start a new age of Halloween movies. The first Paranormal Activity broke new ground and brought the company a ton of profit, helping establish Blumhouse as a haven for horror projects. Blumouse is also responsible for acclaimed franchises Insidious, The Purge, and The Conjuring. Clearly they know how to make a concept work for multiple installments, and Halloween has such a massive following that the generations of fans would be happy for more and more sequels.

Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Kanye West Celebrated His Father’s Cancer Remission In The Most Kanye Way

Kanye West is in a celebratory mood. His father, Ray West, is currently in remission from his cancer diagnosis, and Kanye is here to celebrate. How did the rap artist do that? By conquering one of his fear, evidently. On Twitter (of course), West posted a picture of a plate of bugs, and Ye decided to eat a meal that would be more suitable for Timon and Pumba from The Lion King. That’s right; Kanye West decided to honor his father’s return to health by grubbing on a plate full of bugs, believing that if his father succeeded in beating his recent health scare, he can overcome one of his own fears as well. You can check out the odd photo from Kanye West — or, perhaps we should say, the top-selling musical artist formerly known as Kanye West — below.

The unusual Twitter photo is, in Kanye West’s own way, a sweet tribute to his father’s health. He wants to pay his respect to the man who helped raise him. And if the artist/designer believes that beating his own fears by munching on bugs is the way to do that, then Ye should do so — so long as it doesn’t hurt him in the process. We don’t have a follow-up report for how the dinner went with his father, who also dined on a plate full of bugs for the occasion. But we can only hope that the meal was what Kanye West hoped it would be. And that he was able to conquer this fear of his in the process.

Meanwhile, Kanye West continues to find himself in the news for a variety of different reasons these days. The musician made quite an impression on the latest season premiere of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, including a musical rendition of “I Love It” with Lil Pump and Adele Givens where the rap artist was dressed in a giant Perrier bottle outfit. The musician is often known for his erratic and typically unpredictable behavior, and this musical display is just the latest example of that unpredictability. One could say the same thing about Ye eating a whole bunch of bugs with his father in order to celebrate his parent’s return to health.

Additionally, beyond his controversial use of social media, Kanye West continues to pop up in headlines for, say, talking about porn on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, getting into feuds with various celebrities, producing a whole lot of music, saying outlandish comments, and for constantly wearing a “Make America Great Again” red hat, among other points of conversation. He also recently claimed that his name is no longer “Kanye West.” Rather, the artist wants to be called “Ye” instead, although he hasn’t been strict on that new rule yet. He is also expected to release his new album literally any day now.

Why Daredevil Season 3 Doesn’t Feature Any Defenders Crossovers

The third season of Daredevil will feature many things, including the return of past villains, and a Sopranos-inspired storyline. What it will not include is any crossovers from The Defenders. A move that may be surprising given that Iron Fist‘s post-credits scene teased Daredevil Season 3. Fans of the Marvel universe, curious as to why that decision was reached, are about to get their answer. Daredevil‘s new showrunner Erik Oleson explained the move to CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola, and here’s what Oleson said:

Given that Daredevil was presumed dead at the end of the crossover miniseries event, you would think the characters that interacted with him there would be shown reacting to him being alive in Season 3. Maybe even desiring to confirm it in the flesh. But, it sounds like a passing mention may be all the superhero show ordered.

During its first two installments, Daredevil was the springboard to many characters within the Marvel Universe, including The Punisher and Elektra. The former ended up getting his own spinoff, and the latter played a crucial role in The Defenders‘ storyline. So, what Daredevil‘s showrunner is teasing is relatively groundbreaking for a new season of Netflix’s original Marvel series, and exciting. The superhero drama shifting inwards, once again, to the characters it has developed will be a fun thing to explore.

That said, Daredevil has had a history of doing such a wonderful job with its crossovers, it was never really an issue. For instance, The Punisher’s story was so cohesively woven into the fabric of Season 2 that it did not seem out of place when he was brought in. Plus, it fueled a stellar story for Karen, which helped her continue honing her identity. Not to mention the philosophical dialogues that took place between Frank Castle and Matt Murdock.

Based on the incredible trailer, conversations like those seem as though they will be echoed in Season 3’s direction. So, in many ways, the crossovers have helped propel Daredevil as much as it has helped drive them. There are many intriguing things about Erik Oleson’s quote, and one of them is him saying the show will be getting back to its core characters by having them interact in “surprising ways.” Fans may have already gotten a hint as to what that might entail.

Daredevil‘s showrunner had previously teased to EW that Foggy and Matt’s relationship would be hitting a rough patch in Season 3. Given how betrayed Foggy has felt by Matt that is not entirely surprising. One can only hope the one-time best friends can work things out. Tune in to find out if, and how, they can when Daredevil Season 3 premieres October 19 on Netflix. And, the superhero series will not be the only fresh content the streaming giant and networks will be welcoming this fall, so be sure to keep up with everything else coming to the small screen.

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule Trailer Is Super Tense

These days, multiple Oscar winner Clint Eastwood is doing a lot more directing and not much acting. The last time Clint Eastwood starred in a film was all the way back in 2012 in Trouble with the Curve. That changes later this year, though, when Clint Eastwood steps in front of the camera for his next directorial effort, The Mule, where he stars as a man in his eighties who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. The first trailer for the film has been released and it teases an emotional performance from Clint Eastwood in what looks to be a super tense film. Check out the trailer for The Mule below.

Interestingly, there is another film out right now called The Old Man & the Gun, starring Robert Redford, that is also about an old man committing crimes, and it looks absolutely nothing like what we see here from Clint Eastwood’s The Mule. That film looks like a charming romp while The Mule looks like a dark nail-biter. The trailer here is incredibly tense with a slow boil feel that ratchets up the tension with each successive scene, from the sweaty-palmed nervousness of the interaction with the cop to the dangerous dealings with the cartel to the alarm at seeing Bradley Cooper’s FBI agent literally right behind Clint Eastwood’s drug mule.

The danger is palpable for Clint Eastwood’s Earl Stone as he finds himself in way over his head, eluding the authorities and dealing with very dangerous people. This doesn’t look to be a situation where Clint Eastwood’s character is a cold 80-year-old badass either. Based on the trailer and the narration, this looks to be an emotional performance for the actor as a character with real regret and sadness in his life as he stares down the barrel towards the end of it. It’s those moments that deal with his family that makes this film especially interesting and should add emotional weight to the criminal elements.

As you can tell from the trailer, Clint Eastwood’s World War II vet and horticulturist doesn’t know what exactly he’s driving, at least not at first. He becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel and he winds up being pretty good at it, which puts him on the radar of Bradley Cooper‘s FBI agent Colin Bates. Like Walter White before him, Earl Stone looks to be doing the wrong things for the right reasons and before he knows it, he may find himself on the wrong side of the law and the cartel, putting him in terrible danger with no good way out.

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort reunites the actor-director with his Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk, who also wrote The Mule. Clint Eastwood seems to have a preference for using true stories for his films in recent years, and that is the case again here. The Mule is inspired by the true story of 90-year-old Leo Sharp, who became a drug mule for the Sinaloa cartel. His story was told in a New York Times story which you can read ahead of seeing the movie adaptation.

This movie looks like a compelling crime drama and something a little bit different than what we’ve seen from Clint Eastwood’s films of late. It is also exciting to see him back in front of the camera in a role that seems ideal for him. The Mule stars Clint Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña and Laurence Fishburne, and it hits theaters on December 14. For all of the movies you can look forward to the rest of this year, check out our release schedule.

Gareth Evans Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Evans recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Evans praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Evans’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Evans’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards is mostly known for his contributions into the horror world, and therefore seems like a fascinating choice to helm a DC project. The horror genre has been on a serious upswing as of late, and plenty of directors have made their way to superhero movies, including James Wan. A fresh take might be just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.