BRAWL IN CELLBLOCK 99

Much like S. Craig Zahler‘s previous film, Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 will be a divisive movie. Some will love it, some will hate it, but nobody is going to walk away feeling “meh” about it.

The film is anchored by Vince Vaughn‘s career-best performance as Bradley Thomas, an imposing hulk of a guy with a talent for bringing the pain. Bradley isn’t just a brute, though. The man has a moral compass that he has to obey, even if that means putting himself, his pregnant wife and the life they’ve built together at risk. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t unleash an ass-kicking when he has to. There is some brutal violence in this movie that would make even the most die hard fan of Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky nod in approval.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is definitely not for the squeamish, but the film has lots of character and dramatic complexity layered within the very pulpy premise of a bone-breaker having to do some brutal things for the sake of his family.

I was able to sit down with writer/director S. Craig Zahler and Vince Vaughn to discuss that complexity as well as building the character of Bradley (don’t call him Brad) Thomas. Both men had no trouble going into detail about the world and character-building going on in this totally insane film.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 Review

S. Craig Zahler‘s Brawl in Cell Block 99 may be one of the most violent movies ever made. It’s easy to imagine scenes from its gore-soaked final act becoming YouTube shock fodder in the years ahead, moments that people spring on unsuspecting friends to get a reaction. That may sound like catnip for seasoned genre film fans, audiences who are numb to cinematic violence and feel like they’ve seen everything, but even those with the most hardened nerves may find themselves lightheaded. It’s that gross. It’s that unsparing. It’s that effective.

But it also comes at the end of a bad movie. Albeit, a bad movie that curious viewers should definitely check out for themselves because Brawl in Cell Block 99 is too weird to ignore, too audacious to write off, and too damn interesting to stop thinking about. But yes, it is bad.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 trailer

Vince Vaughn looks like a force to be reckoned with and just an absolute beast in Brawl in Cell Block 99. Vaughn is a big guy with a towering presence, so he looks more than suitable to play the role of a former boxer trying to survive prison in writer and director S. Craig Zahler‘s (Bone Tomahawk) new crime film. Zahler might be showing a whole new side of Vaughn, whose performance looks incredibly promising.

Below, watch the Brawl in Cell Block 99 trailer.

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Dodgeball Chartiy Campaign

It’s a little hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story hit theaters. The goofy comedy had Vince Vaughn attempting to raise $50,000 to pay the mortgage for his gym, all while a blowhard gym owner played by Ben Stiller is trying to take it over in order to turn it into another link in the corporate Globo-Gym chain.

Now some of the cast, including Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, are reuniting for a charity dodgeball tournament through the popular fundraising platform Omaze. For those who donate, they’ll have a chance at playing in the dodgeball tournament, and they get to choose which team they’ll be playing for, Average Joe’s or Globo-Gym. We’ll let the Dodgeball cast explain the finer details in the amusing Dodgeball charity campaign video after the jump. Read More »

Dinner with Don Trailer - Don Rickles

Sad news came yesterday when we heard that legendary comedian Don Rickles had passed away. In recent years, Rickles had become known as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in pretty much every piece of Toy Story multimedia. But his true legacy lies in stand-up comedy as one of the most gifted insult comics to ever take the stage. Rickles was so good that audiences were never really sure if he was only joking, often turned off by his brash sense of humor, which kept him from becoming a huge star of film and TV.

Don Rickles once had a short-lived NBC program that only lasted a season, but that didn’t stop AARP Studios from giving him his own show called Dinner with Don, where he sat down for a meal with some of today’s biggest names in film and television. In honor of the late comedian, AARP wanted to showcase the charm and endless wit of Don Rickles by teasing the TV series.

Watch the Dinner with Don trailer below. Read More »

dragged across concrete cast

Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn are reteaming for S. Craig Zahler‘s (Bone Tomahawk) new thriller, Dragged Across Concrete. Gibson directed Vaughn in Hacksaw Ridge, which has been nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at this year’s Academy Awards. Since Gibson’s acclaimed World War II drama received some awards love, we also heard that he might star in the Daddy’s Home sequel, so we may start to see more and more of the controversial actor in front of the camera.

Below, learn more about the Dragged Across Concrete cast.

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Lock It Up: ‘Wedding Crashers 2’ Is in the Works

Wedding Crashers 2

It’s been 11 years since Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn took matrimony by storm as John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, two expert wedding crashers who snuck into weddings and charmed the pants off any girl they could find in the aptly named R-rated comedy Wedding Crashers. And according to the recent rules of Hollywood, that means it’s time to bring them back for a sequel.

In a recent interview, Wedding Crashers co-star Isla Fisher (who had her breakout role in the comedy) said that Wedding Crashers 2 is currently in the works. Find out what the actress had to say after the jump. Read More »

Mel Gibson pic

Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a feature film since 2006’s Apocalypto. The somewhat dated digital photography aside, that thrilling and brutal chase movie is arguably his best picture as a director (the film’s biggest fanRobert Duval, likely agrees), but it’s far from his most successful, once you compare it to Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ‘s box-office numbers. Gibson has had great success as a filmmaker. His most recent performances, however, have failed to connect with audiences. As an actor, he’s not the draw he used to be, but will that stop moviegoers from seeing one of his directorial efforts? We’ll find out this November.

Below, check out the poster for his latest film, Hacksaw Ridge.

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Vince Vaughn Brawl in Cell 99

Author, musician, and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler impressed most critics with his directorial debut, Bone Tomahawk. Zahler’s cannibal Western, which stars Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins, may not have done stellar business at the box-office, but the movie has its fans, and perhaps Vince Vaughn is one of them. The actor has just signed up to star in the Bone Tomahawk director’s new movie, Brawl in Cell 99, which Zahler also wrote.

Learn more about the Vince Vaughn Brawl in Cell 99 movie below.

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term life trailer

Over two years ago, Universal axed this adaptation of the Image Comics’ Term Life. Adapted by the comic’s writer, Andy Lieberman, the thriller was quickly revived. In 2014, cameras were rolling for director Peter Billingsley‘s (Couples Retreat) film, which stars Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Since principal photography, we’ve heard little about the project, but it’s finally coming out this March.

Watch the Term Life trailer after the jump.

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