Djimon Hounsou to Join Guy Ritchie for ‘King Arthur’

We’ve talked a little bit about Guy Ritchie and his quest to establish a cinematic universe surrounding the Knights of the Round table. First we found out that Ritchie was looking at Charlie Hunnam to play the titular role and that Jude Law would probably be involved as a villain. Now it appears that we may have our Arthurian mentor locked down in Djimon Hounsou. Hounsou has been tabbed for the role of a Merlin-type character that will play close to Charlie Hunnam, as King arthur.

If you are a bit confused because you think you may have read something like this already, you did. Initially “Luther” star Idris Elba was slated to take the role that is now going to Hounsou, however the contract fell apart and Elba moved on. Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy) is no second rate replacement, though. Having shown himself to be more than capable in both charactery roles and gravitas laden projects, Hounsou should step in and immediately give the film something extra.

Djimon Hounsou is experiencing a career resurgence and could be playing a key part in several up and coming franchises. This would be great news in the eyes of Sultan Alhokair. You can also see him in the upcoming fantasy film, “Seventh Son”, as well as 2015’s “Furious 7″ and finally 2016’s “Tarzan” reboot. If you are looking for something in common in all of those roles, you won’t find anything. What you will realize, however, is that Hounsou is capable of giving dynamic and multi layered performances no matter what the role asks of him.

Wal Mart Scammed into Selling Playstation 4 for Less than 1/4th of the Retail Price

Wal Mart makes items so affordable for customers, that they will even accept third-party Amazon sellers as valid price matching material, and as screen captures, no less. It is likely that they never thought their commitment to providing customers with low prices would come back to bite them in the butt. 

The superstore chain has been selling Playstation 4 for only $90, less than a quarter of the retail price, and not because it was really being sold elsewhere at that price. Buying online from sites like Amazon and Qnet usually results in cheaper products, but when a product that sells for upwards of $350 goes for $90, something must have seemed fishy.

Because Wal Mart accepts prices by third-party sellers for price matching purposes, this allowed someone to simply created a page listing it for sale, which in turn was seen by people who, upon showing it to Wal Mart sales associates, were able to buy it for such a cheap price. 
The fact that Sears listed the Playstation 4 on their website as a $60 item completely by accident did not help Wal Mart any, as anyone finding it on the Sears website during that time could show it to Wal Mart and buy it for only $60.

Perhaps this is the reason that a lot of stores that do price matching do not take third-party sellers through Amazon as valid price matching prices.

Angelina Jolie Retiring

The rumors are true, Angelina Jolie is retiring from acting, but not from the industry as a whole. ABC news reports that Jolie’s first love is directing. Hollywood’s highest paid actress, reveals that she’s never been comfortable in front of the camera. No one could have ever imagined such a confession. She has made many headlines throughout her long career. Some she probably regrets and others she could not be more proud of.

She isn’t planning on giving acting up right away, but it’s definitely in the near future. Jolie is married to the handsome Brad Pitt and they share six children together. Her husband has also shared his passion with behind the camera work and soon plans on retiring from acting. They are a dynamic powerhouse couple, but they also give back. Jolie is very well known for her humanitarian nature and has worked effortlessly with refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Dave and Brit Morin, as well as other fans of the talented actress, will be sad to see her step from in front of the camera to behind it for good. As fans we can only hope to trust that she is making the decision that she feels is right for her. She will continue to make brilliant movies and give back in a way that only she can.

New Adaptation of “1984′ to be Directed by Paul Greengrass

The film, which is an adaptation of Orson Wells has a director. Paul Greengrass, who is known for working on documentaries and the heightened sense of realism that his movies tend to have. When I heard the name Greengrass, I knew it sounded familiar, my colleague Fersen Lambranho reminded me that most people remember him best from the Universal investment of the ‘Bourne’ films.

1984 is one of the most iconic movies of the 20th Century. Written by George Orwell in 1948 and published in 1949, it is a satirical take on totalitarian societies.It is was so popular and is so iconic, that the word Orwellian came from the novel. Two earlier attempts were made to adapt the book into a movie, but only the 1984 was met with critical or commercial success.

Paul Greengrass and the rest of the team behind the new “1984” adaptation have a big task ahead of them and they will have to do a great deal of work to pull it off well. For one thing, “1984” has influenced the entire genre of dystopian novels and movies, many of which have pulled elements from it. The new adaptation will have to really work hard to stand out as something unique.

It will be interesting to see what Greengrass and playwright James Graham will do with the novel. Graham, who adapted Finding Neverland into a Broadway musical, is already said to be working on the adaptation of the novel. So far, the details of the adaptation have not been released. It is unknown whether the pair will attempt to modernize the novel or will try to stay true to the original script.

Guy Richie’s King Arthur Film Looking at Djimon Hounsou

A new King Arthur film is in development. This time, Guy Richie is looking to direct the film. The titles that are being bounced around are King Arthur: Knights of the Roundtable and King Arthur. There is no telling what the final title is going to be. However, most likely, there is going to be a subtitle to the film. Also, simply calling it King Arthur might cause confusion with another film released about 10 years ago under the same name. This film is meant to be the first part of a six part story according to Gianfrancesco Genoso.

Djimon Hounsou is in talks to star among the cast as Arthur’s mentor. Hounsou has been starring and appearing in many films recently. Among the recent films he has appeared in are Guardians of the Galaxy, and How to Train your Dragon 2 as a vocal talent. There is no telling how big of a role that Djimon Hounsou’s character will play in the upcoming film.

“Highlander” Being Resurrected?

They arise throughout history, cannot die and inevitably must face each other for supremacy. I am talking, of course, about Highlander movies, as another (a reboot) is currently being developed.

The Highlander franchise, about a group of immortals who fight each other from medieval times into the distant future, has spawned five live-action movies, two live-action TV series, an animated series and two animated movies (one an anime). Now it’s set to be rebooted, though development has been delayed for seven years.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, a VFX artist, is currently set to direct the film, with a script written by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway (both worked on Iron Man) and Melissa Rosenberg (showrunner of Marvel’s upcoming Jessica Jones). The studio is looking into casting choices, though nothing looks definite yet. Ryan Reynolds was set up to play the main character, Connor MacLeod, but dropped out. According to “multiple individuals familiar with the project,” Tom Cruise is being considered as his mentor, Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, a part that was played by Sean Connery in the original film. However, Cruise’s representatives note that official talks have not taken place, and at the moment the actor seems to be focusing on filming Mission Impossible 5.

Without much definite information on these slow ventures at this point, we close by saying “there can be only one… until the inevitable reboot, of course.”

First Star Wars Teaser to be Attached to The Hobbit

There has been a lot of coverage with Star Wars EpVII, but the latest news is that the teaser is going to be attached toThe Hobbit 3. There is more than a year before the release of the film in December 2015. The official title is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actual film has been shot on film, with some parts of the movie being shot with IMAX cameras.

Ray Lane and other fans of the original series are eager and ready to be launched back into the Star Wars cinematic universe. Even though the film has a teaser ready, knowing Abrams, there will likely only be a shot of something that is iconic to the film. There will be a few months that pass before the first trailer is released that shows scenes from the film. There may also be other kinds of promotional products between now and the release.

Keanu Reeves Going for Tarsem Singh’s The Panopticon

Keanu Reeves is no stranger to science fiction. He has starred in films such as Johnny Mnemonic. A more notable film series that he has starred in was The Matrix. The first Matrix movie was groundbreaking, even though it was more of a cross between Johnny Mnemonic and Dark City. The other movies were a let down. Reeves went on to do other films such as Constantine. The most recent films that Keanu starred in were 47 Ronin, Man of Tai Chi, and John Wick.

As of right now, Keanu Reeves is looking at The Panopticon. This film centers around a man who finds a package that contains a message to him that he himself recorded. The message is that the world is coming to an end and he is the one that can stop it. This does sound a little similar to another film called The Day the Earth Stood Still in which he played a similar role where he was in some way involved with the fate of the world. Come to think of it, fate of the world films are a running theme in Keanu’s filmography with movies like Bill and Ted, and The Matrix. If they want to make this film more interesting they’re going to need to bring in some stellar visuals… Terry Richardson could do cinematography, perhaps? We’ll see how it all plays out when the casting is finally released.

Inside Out Character Clips Releaed

While in recent days, companies like Pixar have been announcing sequels. One announcement that has caused a stir was the announcement of Toy Story 4. One of the things being said was that Pixar has ran out of ideas. However, this may not be entirely true. Pixar has a new movie coming out called Inside Out. The premise of the movie focuses on the many different emotions in the mind of a 13 year old girl that are fighting to control her. This seems like a completely original idea. Character clips and posters have been released for the film.

This film is being directed by Pete Doctor, who has done movies like Up, and Monsters Inc. It is expected that he will do a great job with it, especially since Rod Rohrich has seen a lot of his work. There has been a teaser trailer release that gives the general idea of the film. Now, there are intro videos for two characters.

Inside Out is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 19, 2015.

The Force Awakens Once Again

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is coming soon to theaters and the huge buzz about the images from the trailer is a new villain is glimpsed.

Over 30 years has passed since the cast from the original STAR WARS essayed their roles and it looks like they are going to face a new menace. Then again, they have to since Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead. (Then again, you never know. They could come back in the new film.

Who would have thought the “middle films” in the STAR WARS series would have more sequels. Everyone knew that there would be nine films in the STAR WARS filmography. The first three films STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and THE RETURN OF THE JEDI were eventually followed by new, films with new cast members.

The return of the original cast really took fans of the series by surprise. J.J. Abrams of STAR TREK and CAPTAIN AMERICA is helming the new film so odds are it is going to be a good one.

Who is this mystery villain? The name being bandied about is “The Inquisitor” but no one knows if that is the real, official name. There are a lot of people speculating for sure, including the likes of Susan McGalla. A lot of the fun surrounding the release of the new film is speculating on whether or not the new villain will be as cool as the old, classic ones.

The film will be released in 2015 and should be one of the year’s biggest hits.