The Hush-Hush News Report: 02.06.13: From Everwood With Love
Hello there 411mania readers. I’m Jeremy Wilson and this is the Hush-Hush News Report. Before we go any further, fair warning: YOU BETTER BELIEVE I’M GONNA GLOAT. Sorry Porfirio Diaz and any other 49ers fans reading this, but this column is so not gonna be classy in victory. I can be classy tomorrow. Not to mention, the Niners didn’t seem caught up in the class thing when they claimed they got screwed by the refs (which they didn’t). We beat ’em fair and square. Champions of the World, YOUR Baltimore Ravens!
Everybody not from Baltimore was on the Kaepernick bandwagon. Almost all the experts picked the 49ers. It was gonna be Title #6 for San Francisco, perfect in Super Bowls. Blah, blah, blah.
Meanwhile – in “the reality that actually occurred” – Ravens fans poured into New Orleans, turned it into Baltimore South and remained confident in a team that refuses to play into what the “experts” think. What, you thought all that purple in New Orleans was for Mardi Gras? Nope, us. All those “Seven Nation Army” chorus chants you kept hearing all week? Us. That giant “OOOOOOO” during Alicia Keys’ National Anthem? Most definitely us. We may not have the giant national fanbases of the Packers, Cowboys or Steelers, but we don’t really care. We bled football before Jim Irsay stole our team and we bleed it now with Bisciotti’s Boys.
Hell…we’ve been through this before. Twelve years ago, a Ravens team with no offense and the greatest defense in league history walked into Tampa to play the “vaunted” New York Giants. Nearly everyone expected the Giants to win. There was no chance of that happening and the Ravens kicked their asses. Fast forward a dozen years and the script was looking similar. We beat the 49ers down for 2+ quarters, getting it to 28-6, with the Niners looking at a 3rd and long.
And then the lights went out.
I don’t know what the game would have looked like had the power outage not occurred. The 49ers are a great team and they’ve proven they could come back in previous games. They very well could have come back without the aid of the blackout. But I know what happened. The Ravens can try and downplay it all they want, but the fact is that what happened next was one of the most tangible momentum shifts I’ve ever seen in a professional football game. The Ravens are an experienced team, yes, but they are also a team that does rely somewhat on emotions. They already went through one 30-minute break at halftime. They expected that. They planned for that. They got coached up during that. They then came out and Jacoby Jones ran the ball back 108-ish yards and everything was going for them. They had the Niners right where they wanted them, halftime over and the momentum still firmly theirs. And then they had to cool off and wait another 34 minutes. Joe Flacco and the previously hot offense weren’t on the field for almost an hour and a half real time.
And meanwhile, Ravens fans everywhere sat, at first a bit bemused, then a bit befuddled, then finally more than a little befreaked. The Ravens had to sit around, cool off and ponderr being so close to a championship. The Niners had time to un-panic and realize they still had plenty of time left. When the lights came up, the momentum was gone and every non-Ravens fan got what they wanted. A good, close game.
I won’t lie and say the next near-two quarters weren’t nervy times around the Wilson house and Baltimore metro area. But when it was all said and done, the Ravens got it done when it mattered most. Joe Flacco is Super Bowl MVP. Ed Reed and Jacoby Jones delivered big time in their hometown. John got the best of little brother Jim. Ray Lewis went out on top on his Last Ride. And Baltimore Football won its 5th world title. All in all, it’s been a pretty good couple days.
Huzzah. Now, let’s do this thing.
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The Internet can now collectively take a breath and stop posting Star-Lord casting short-list pieces. Deadline has now confirmed that Chris Pratt has nabbed the starring role as Peter Quill – aka “Star-Lord” – in the upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt, best known for his work as Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recereation, also has recent big screen supporting turns in films such as Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty and Movie 43. Pratt’s career took off a decade ago as one of the young stars of the cult WB hit Everwood.
The Star-Lord character is the leader of the Guardians, a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship. He is the son of a human mother and alien father, and as Collider puts it: “as Guardians features a cast of strange and cosmic characters, Quill was an important role to fill because he will likely act as the audience’s introduction to the vast, unfamiliar Guardians world.” Considering the group also consists of a giant tree creature and a talking raccoon, Star-Lord will most definitely be the most “human” character on screen for the audience to connect to. Pratt’s comedic abilities may also fit better than other names being mentioned for the part; it has been rumored (and seems likely given who’s involved) that director James Gunn will be bringing a good bit of humor into Guardians of the Galaxy. After all, he did direct both Slither and Super.
As stated previously, there have been numerous rumors about who might be cast for the role. Names previously linked (whether true or not) included John Krasinski, Zachary Levi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne. Ironically enough, Pratt’s name, unmentioned through the vast majority of these rumors, is thus something of a surprise, although one Marvel and Guardians fans seem pleased enough about.
Joining Pratt in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase Two is his former Everwood co-star and current Revenge star Emily VanCamp, who Marvel is bringing on board as the female lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. VanCamp will play Sharon Carter, the SHIELD agent niece of Captain America: The First Avenger lead heroine Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Deadline also reports that it is expected Scarlettt Johansson will reprise her Black Widow role for the sequel as well.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in theaters on April 4, 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy debuts in theaters on August 1, 2014.
We may have to come to the realization that we’ll be living in an age of weekly Star Wars rumors for the rest of our lives. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but if the past couple weeks – hell, past couple months – have been any indication, it looks like a strong bet to play out that way. A couple weeks ago, it was announced that J.J. Abrams had been brought on board to helm Star Wars: Episode VII. This week’s Star Wars rumor du jour revolves around Disney’s decision to release standalone Star Wars films featuring individual characters, supposedly starting with Yoda.
Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinburg are reportedly working not only with J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: Episode VII but also on scripts pertaining to these newly confirmed standalone films for side characters. In addition to the Yoda film, rumors have already been swirling for weeks about Zack Snyder’s Seven Samurai take on the franchise (some even believe these two could be the same film). We don’t know as of yet what other characters would be given their own movies although fans have long clamored for a Boba Fett film. Director and former LucasFilm designer Joe Johnston has also been rumored as a possible choice to helm that particular project. AICN also hears that Lucas himself has pitched a Jabba the Hut project around the office and to friends, although with Kathleen Kennedy and Disney in charge now, that might remain a pipe dream.
AICN, first reported on the studio’s plans on Monday and Disney’s CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news today in an interview with CNBC.
“I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films, Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, and 9 roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period, too'”
Obviously, Iger mentions 2015 as the release date for Episode VII, however, Abrams and Kennedy have been more gray on the date. However, perhaps the most interesting thing Iger stated is that a “few other films released” in that 6-year window starting in 2015. That would mean – much like what Disney-Marvel is doing now with their Cinematic Universe – a new Star Wars film coming out every single year. That would mean we would get six new movies in the Star Wars canon; that would double the total number of films in a 6 year period from what we got from the franchise’s first 38 years of existence.
Obviously, that’s a lot to digest. Personally, I was on the optimistic side of the lever when this Disney-LucasFilm deal and a new Star Wars trilogy was initially announced. And while I knew they would obviously bring back beloved characters, I was hoping (and I don’t think I’m alone) that they would be opening up and expanding the series. Look, we all love Yoda – that’s not the issue. The fact is though that we’ve already had 5 movies with him in it. Part of the problem with the prequel trilogy was that many fans didn’t particualrly care to see that story being told. They wanted to either go farther back (into Old Republic territory) or move on from the events that ended Return of the Jedi. A Yoda/Seven Samuai movie does sound interesting, but honestly I would rather see a grand new story told with and through new characters. This feels like the quickest way to over-saturation, especially since – unlike Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – Yoda or Boba Fett can’t actually contribute or be a part of the main numbered entries.
Interestingly enough, the biggest, juciest, most spoliery news reported over the weekend wasn’t either Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy-related. El Mayimbe over at Latino Review delivered a Super Bowl Sunday bombshell when he stated – unequivocally – that Marvel plans to have a third act or post-credits sequence The Avengers 2 that sets up Hulk’s next standalone picture, and the character’s arc through Marvel’s Phase Three.
After being deemed a serious threat to the Earth by Marvel’s Illuminati (a secret organization of powerful heroes that includes Tony Stark/Iron Man, the soon to be introduced Doctor Strange and others), the Hulk is shipped off/tricked into space. Once in space, the LR report states that Hulk’s next film will be centered around comic writer Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk.
Planet Hulk’s story centers on Hulk as he becomes enslaved on the planet Sakaar, is forced to participate in gladiatorial games and eventually becomes a hero of the rebellion against the Red King. At the end of Planet Hulk, events transpire that get the Hulk pissed off and on the warpath. According to El Mayimbe, Hulk and his army of followers will return to Earth in The Avengers 3with that film following Pak’s World War Hulk storyline.
World War Hulk involves the Hulk and his army returning for vengeance against the Illuminati and just about beating the crap out of every hero and heroic team on Earth, eventually pitting them against each other in the Hulk’s own version of gladiatorial combat.
Whether you’re a fan of these stories or not, one has to continue to sit back and marvel (pun intended). This company has such a long-range plan and vision – led by Kevin Feige – that it seems far-fetched that it won’t work out. Even though both Hulk-centered movies were arguably Marvel’s biggest failures to date, they have definitely found the appropriate leading man (Mark Ruffalo, signed to a six-picture deal) and can now move beyond the character’s less interesting origin story to get into a more Avengers-esque action-based storyline. Color me interested.
Timothy Olyphant > Paul Walker. End of discussion.
Unsurprisingly, Hollywood studio execs don’t feel that way. In fact, they’re going the opposite direction, as they have given their reboot of the Hitman franchise over to Paul Walker, the divisive star of the Fast & Furious franchise. Deadline reports that Walker will star in Fox International’s Agent 47, the new action film based on Square Enix’s popular video game series, that was written by A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods and Michael Finch (Woods also wrote the screenplay for the original Hitman). The movie will be directed by Aleksander Bach, a highly regarded commercials director making his feature film directing debut.
Although the film wasn’t a runaway success and not particularly loved by critics, 20007’s Hitman starring Olyphant still managed to rake in over $100 million worldwide. The film will shoot this summer starting June in Berlin and Singapore and Deadline does confirm that Walker will shave his head and don the barcode. The hope is that Walker can do what Olyphant and director Xavier Gens could not – launch a sustainable action franchise.
It may not have been The Dark Knight or anything, but I actually kind of liked the first Hitman. Then again, I have a soft spot for Olyphant (who has almost always been awesome) as well as Olga Kurylenko and Dougray Scott. Anyway, it did the job. Paul Walker does absolutely nothing for me and feels like a big comedown from Olyphant. Oh well…speaking of Paul Walker…
…See what I did there? That’s call transitioning. That’s why they
pay me the big bucks keep letting me do this. Anyway, Paul Walker. Fast & Furious 6. We saw the new footage during the Super Bowl, but now the fine folks at Fox have released a new 3-minute trailer for the film.
Fast and Furious 6 stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Joe Taslim, and Luke Evans. The film opens May 24th. Its official synposis is below:
Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
The synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been officially unveiled as Columbia Pictures confirmed that production has begun in New York. Marc Webb returns to the director’s chair as do stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Joining them are new villains Jaime Foxx (as Electro) and Paul Giamatti (rumored as Rhino), with Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn) and Colm Feore (unknown role) rounding out the cast. The full press release is below:
New York, February 5, 2013 – Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.
The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.
In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.
The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.
The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.
This week we have Identity Thief, the new comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy and the new Steven Soderbergh film Side Effects starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law. Charlie Sheen’s The Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III gets a limited/VOD release and Top Gun 3D hits IMAX theaters as well. RIP Tony Scott.
What are you planning on seeing this weekend
Trailer of the Week (You Might Have Missed) – Part Deux: The Lords of Salem
Funny Video of the Week: “Ray Lewis Crying SNL Skit”
That’s all for this week. As always, let me know what you think in the comments section. For now, this is Jeremy Wilson, off the record, on the QT…
…and definitely, “Hush Hush!”