Suicide Squad Reshoots

Here are the facts. First, Suicide Squad recently underwent a series of reshoots that were reportedly extensive and expensive. Second, reshoots aren’t inherently a bad thing, as they allow filmmakers to make good movies great and pick up shots and moments that they didn’t realize they needed until they were in the editing room. The number of decent movies that go back for reshoots to tighten something up vastly outnumber the movies that go back for reshoots because they’re dumpster fires.

But the Suicide Squad reshoots have been very interesting because of the various whys circulating for their existence. Now, director David Ayer has chimed in, making these already dark waters a little murkier.

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batman v superman reactions

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice held its official world premiere last night and as you’d expect, reactions to the film began to trickle out on social media shortly after the credits rolled. While the film quietly screened for select critics earlier that weekend and will continue to screen over the coming days, official reactions from writers and their outlets are under a strict embargo – what we’re looking at here are reactions from normal folks, fanboys, and fangirls who managed to see director Zack Snyder‘s new movie before most of the world.

So feel free to treat these reactions as you see fit. Are these honest reactions from average people looking to have a good time at the movies or overblown reactions from people who were caught up in the excitement of a premiere? In either case, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. At least on Twitter.

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everybody wants some early buzz

Richard Linklater is one of those filmmakers who just sneaks up on you when you least suspect it. He doesn’t command a loud and unruly fanbase. His films tend to be low key, sometimes flying under the radar altogether. And yet, he’s a true chameleon, a director capable of sliding between genres and juggling tones like tea others. His personal stamp may be subtle, but it is always evident – no one knows how make movies about hanging out, about conversation, better than Linklater.

His latest film, Everybody Wants Some, is set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival later this week and I fully intend to be there (look for a review this weekend). However, the film has also screened for critics, who were allowed to tweet about it. So far, the reactions have been glowing.

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warcraft behind-the-scenes images

I believe in Warcraft. And I believe in Warcraft because I believe in Duncan Jones, a filmmaker who has demonstrated strong instincts in his previous two films. So while the masses were baffled by early footage at Comic-Con last year and the first trailer was marred by obviously unfinished CGI, I remain hopeful. Jones is too smart and crafty to deliver something forgettable – Warcraft may be great or it may be a disaster, but it almost certainly won’t be run-of-the-mill.

But I digress. The real reason we’re gathered here today is because Jones released a bunch of behind-the-scenes images on Twitter and they’re very cool, focusing on the detailed and enormous practical sets that were constructed for his fantasy epic.

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batman v superman early buzz

I’ve written many words about how the marketing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has pulled me in every direction. Buy me a drink and I’ll quietly explain to you in excruciating detail why I really dig Man of Steel while entirely understanding why so many others loathe it. I’ve even gone on the record about typically enjoying the films of Zack Snyder, even when he makes a habit of putting his foot in his mouth.

In other words, I’m the target audience for Batman v Superman and I truly, genuinely, deep down in my shriveled little heart, want it to be a good movie. And while hushed and whispered reactions to the film have been leaking online for some time now, the first sort-of official public reaction has arrived and it’s positive.

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justice league costumes

This week, it was revealed that Justice League will begin filming on April 11, 2016, which is a big, huge, crazy deal for two reasons. First of all, it’s a major step forward for the DC movie universe and will represent the first time this iconic superhero team has appeared in live action on the big screen. But more importantly, it represents Warner Bros.’ commitment to their plan and their faith in director Zack Snyder. Since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens a little over two weeks before cameras roll on Justice League, they’re doubling down on him being the chief architect of their new movie universe. No matter what happens, it’s all steam ahead at this point.

To drive this point home, Snyder tweeted a picture from straight from the film’s set. Or rather, straight from Warner Bros. studios in Leavesden, England, where a whole bunch of technicians and artists are deep in pre-production . Although the chief subjects of the photo are the director and Jason Momoa, a.k.a. Aquaman, the real objects of interest are linger in the background.

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Good news: Edgar Wright has begun filming his newest picture, Baby Driver. Shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, began this week, and Wright is already sharing behind-the-scenes pics from his rock-and-roll car chase film. There aren’t any shots of the excellent cast, but posting a few shots from the set isn’t a bad way to celebrate the start of principal photography. Check out Wright’s photos below. Read More »

original star wars screenplay

The thing about writing is that most first drafts stink. You churn out that story, forcing it out of your brain through your fingertips, and then stare at the mess before you and wonder what went so horribly wrong. So you put it in the drawer for a little while. A few weeks. And then you take it out and start to perform the necessary surgery to make it function. To bring it to life.

This is the story of most screenplays, but it’s almost hard to imagine the process with something so iconic as Star Wars, a movie that arrived in theaters feeling so confident and fully formed. And yet, the story of the original’s movie’s evolution has been well-documented over the years. George Lucas‘ original Star Wars was nothing like what he ultimately shot. Now, actor Peter Mayhew is offering fans a deeper glimpse into an early version of this saga by sharing pages from his personal copy of the original screenplay.

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doctor strange sanctum sanctorum

Every superhero has a place where they can take a load off, put up their feet, and get away from the world for a little while. Batman has the Batcave, Superman the Fortress of Solitude. Across the aisle, Thor can chill out in Asgard, Tony Stark in Avengers Tower, and Spider-Man in Aunt May’s second bedroom. However, the coolest secret lair/base of operations in all of Marvel-dom has always been Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, a house that is filled with countless magical items and magical artifacts and all of the perils that accompany keeping those items in one place.

We already received one glimpse of what this place will look like in Scott Derrickson‘s upcoming Doctor Strange movie back when the first photos of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme were released. Now, Marvel has released another glimpse at this mystical manor and it may look a little familiar to seasoned comic book fans.

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