The Longbox: Casting Wonder Woman for the DC Film Universe
Dec 2013 08

It’s been awhile since you were treated to the meanderings and rants of this comic fan, but fear not!! I have returned!

gadotOn this edition of “The Longbox”, I’m going to give you my thoughts and insights on the recent casting of Gal Gadot (Fast 6) as DC’s flagship female character, Wonder Woman.  Was she the right choice?  How will she fit into the future plans of the DC cinematic universe?  Are the powers that be trying to throw too many characters in the Man of Steel sequel?  All of those questions and more will be answered here (not very well, mind you).

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‘Machete Kills’ Official Trailer (2013) Starring Danny Trejo, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas
Jun 2013 23

Machete Kills Movie Poster High Res Danny TrejoIt all started off as a faux-trailer in Grindhouse. But there is nothing fake about the $44 million dollars that Robert Rodriguez’ Machete made worldwide in 2010.

When the Machete trailer received one of the best reactions between Rodriguez’ Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, they knew they had the makings of a hit on their hands. Rodriguez took his idea to the Weinsteins, who oddly turned it down. Rodriguez’ Spy Kids films with Miramax and Dimension have profited over $400,000 between the four of them, not to mention all of his other work with the brothers. So the director took his little project to Fox, and it made 4 times its budget back in theaters.

Three years later and we finally have a sequel – Machete Kills. The film looks absolutely ridiculous, which is what it’s all about when it comes to this franchise. What makes it even better is the amount of stars it has in it. Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jessica Alba, Mel Gibson are among the cast. And introducing Carlos Esteves as the President (yes, that is Charlie Sheen).

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Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ HIV Drama Acquired by Focus Features
Apr 2013 24

Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club Weight LossMatthew McConaughey wants an Oscar, and he is determined to get one with his latest film, Dallas Buyers Club.

The usually-buff actor dropped 38 pounds for the role of real-life HIV/AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. McConaughey’s commitment to the film is similar to what we have seen Christian Bale do on multiple occasions – the last of which won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter.

Luckily for McConaughey, co-stars Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner, as well as the rest of the crew – Focus Features has picked up Dallas Buyers Club for theatrical release toward the end of the year. Just in time for award season. Director Jean-Marc Vallée says, “I’m extremely pleased that we are partnered with Focus Features. They have a long and successful history of sharing memorable stories. Ron Woodroof’s story is one of an imperfect man and his fight for survival, during a confused and desperate time. We all believe that this film had to finally be made, and we are all grateful and privileged to be part of this project.”

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‘Only God Forgives’ Red Band Trailer Starring Ryan Gosling, Director of Drive Nicolas Winding Refn
Apr 2013 24

Only God Forgives Poster Ryan GoslingDrive was one of my favorite films of 2011.

I’m still bitter that the Academy dropped the number of best picture nominees from 10 to 9, and snubbed Nicolas Winding Refn’s bold film – which was one of the year’s best. Ryan Gosling gave a stellar performance, quiet yet powerful, which has catapulted him into a slew of upcoming roles. One of which is Only God Forgives, also directed by Refn which shares a definitive vibe with his last film.

The red band trailer was released a few weeks ago, but for those who might have missed it, here it is:

The story for Only God Forgives is jump started by the death of Gosling’s character’s brother (Tom Burke) – who has murdered a prostitute in Bangkok. Their mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) urges Gosling to avenge the death of his brother, by tracking down and killing the people responsible. The plot is much better detailed in the latest trailer:

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Watch New Thor 2 Trailer: ‘The Dark World’ Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Apr 2013 23

Thor 2 Poster The Dark WorldIt is hard to believe that two years have passed since Thor hit theaters in 2011. A lot has happened since then, especially in the world of The Avengers. The first Marvel film to follow Joss Whedon’s $1.5 billion dollar gargantuan blockbuster is Iron Man 3, set to release next month on May 3. Then comes “Thor 2.”

The original cast is back, which is always great to see, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, and Kat Dennings.

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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