VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (18/03/2018)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

I wrote this week’s segment a bit early, as by the time you’re reading this I’ll be out of the country for a little while. I was worried at first that this could mean I may miss out on something important, but my fear was unnecessary, because with the Oscars finally out of the way, what a week we’ve had! We’ve got Marvel news. We’ve got DC news. We’ve got James Bond news. We’ve even got Quentin Tarantino news.

Oh, Hollywood; you do spoil us sometimes.

Infinity War continues to look epic

Picture courtesy of Marvel Studios

As this week drew to a close, Marvel Studios made good on their promise to deliver a brand new trailer (and a brand new poster, to boot).

Containing some of the clips first seen in the illusive San Diego Comic-Con trailer, this new footage shines the spotlight on near every character appearing in the film, as well as giving us a lot more interaction between the Avengers (primarily Iron Man) and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Furthermore, there’s a better look at Thanos’ children, the ‘Black Order’ and the devastation they’ll no doubt wreak on Wakanda in the climactic third act battle. The stakes are looking pretty high in this one, folks.

And of course, we get the usual quips and thrills that Spider-Man and Doctor Strange are known to provide.

Check it out for yourself below:

Avengers: Infinity War flies into cinemas on April 27th 2018.

 

Boyle on Bond

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

After weeks of speculation about whether or not esteemed director Danny Boyle will in fact be doing the next James Bond movie, Boyle himself has stepped in to explain how it’s all going down in his eyes (courtesy of Metro):

“We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”

Previously, we’d heard that Boyle would only work on Bond if he liked whatever script his buddy and frequent collaborator John Hodge (Trainspotting) puts out, as he states above. Things must be going well, because Boyle’s statement sounds a lot more positive than many people assumed it would be.

Considering he’s already factoring in when he would shoot the film, we can assume that he has seen Hodge’s script, and so far is a fan. If that is the case, and filming does start this year, then we may still be on track to see Bond 25 hit cinemas on it’s current planned release date:

Bond 25 will (probably) shoot into cinemas on November 8th 2019.

 

Ava DuVernay is DC’s New Goddess

Picture courtesy of DC Comics

It can be hard to keep up with what’s being produced over at the DC branch of Warner Bros.

By my count, the announcements so far have included The BatmanMan of Steel 2Wonder Woman 2Suicide Squad 2Shazam!AquamanBlack AdamDeathstrokeDeadshot, a Harley Quinn movie, another Harley Quinn movie (Gotham City Sirens?), a third Harley Quinn movie (Harley Quinn vs the Joker), the Joker origin movie, NightwingBatgirlGreen Lantern Corps and Flashpoint. I’ve probably missed some, but looking them up would defeat my point.

Anyway, on top of all that, DC continues to throw more properties on the pile; the latest being perhaps the most zany yet. Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and A Wrinkle In Time has been announced as the director of New Gods.

New Gods were formerly featured in the Jack Kirby-created section of the DC Universe, Fourth World, and featured the inhabitants of the planets New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis was home to heroes such as Mister Miracle, Orion and Big Barda. While Apokolips is the firey home-world of Darkseid, the intergalactic despot. His follower, Steppenwolf, was the big bad in the recent Justice League movie, so the revelation that this is being added to DC’s film schedule isn’t too out there, as that portion of the universe has already been (poorly) established.

Still, it’s strange that DC are going all in on a property as zany as the New Gods when they can barely even get Batman and Superman to work.

If New Gods ever comes to fruition, expect about five director changes before the film is finally made, as is the DCEU tradition.

Oh wait – Justice League Dark, that’s another one I forgot earlier.

The next DCEU film to fight it’s way into cinemas is Aquaman on December 21st 2018.

 

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood… Margot Robbie joined Pitt and DiCaprio on Tarantino’s new film

Margot Robbie / I, Tonya / Picture courtesy of Neon

Well, doesn’t this film just look like it’s got something for everybody. No matter what you’re into, it’s a fairly safe bet that you’ve got to like at least one of the people involved in this movie.

There have been rumours swirling for a while that Margot Robbie would feature in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, and now those rumours have been confirmed. Robbie will be playing Sharon Tate in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, starring opposite Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film, in case you haven’t heard about it, follows Pitt and DiCaprio’s characters; an actor/stunt-double duo who once saw success in as the stars of a western, but now struggle to find a place in the everchanging world of Hollywood. Set in in 1969 Los Angeles, their quest for recognition just so happens to coincide with a real-life event; the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and various others by the Manson Family commune.

Although Robbie will be playing a real person, Pitt and DiCaprio’s characters are presumably fictional, so it’s unknown at this time how their story will mesh with the horrific real-life happenings orchestrated by Charles Manson.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood jumps into cinemas on August 9th 2019.

 

The lost scenes of The Last Jedi

Carrie Fisher, Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill & Kathleen Kennedy / On the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi / Picture courtesy of Vanity Fair

Even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is barely out of cinemas, the Home Entertainment release is just mere weeks away.

As fans of the film prepare to the experience the excitement all over again, a number of the film’s deleted scenes have made their way online. If you haven’t seen the film, there are spoilers coming up.

Courtesy of the official Star Wars Youtube channel, there was this extended look at the final confrontation between Finn and Phasma:

There’s also the long-rumoured Tom Hardy scene, which depicts Hardy’s 926 (a Stormtrooper) confronting his former ally Finn in a southern accent as the hero sneaks aboard Snoke’s starship:

This third scene shows Luke Skywalker being a bit of a dick, as he teaches Rey the promised third lesson that the film never get’s round to…

Another scene that fans felt was sorely lacking from the final product was some actual mourning over the death of Han Solo:

And conversly, a scene that many might have disliked were it to be included, what with it making General Hux look like even more of a joke:

There are others of course, which you’ll be able to watch when…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download on March 27th (Stateside) and April 9th here in the United Kingdom