Dave Bautista Fantasy Island

While we wait around to see what the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will hold, actor Dave Bautista is busy lining up more film roles. The wrestler-turned-actor is now in talks to join the cast of Fantasy Island, Sony and Blumhouse’s film adaptation of the popular 1970s television show. Michael Peña (Ant-Man and the Wasp) and Jimmy O. Yang (Crazy Rich Asians) are already on board in key roles, but keep reading to learn more about the Dave Bautista Fantasy Island casting.
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Suicide Squad 2 Cast

It’s no secret that Dave Bautista was one of the more unhappy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 cast members when director James Gunn was fired after controversial posts on Twitter were brought to light by a disingenuous conservative troll. But now that the filmmaker has been hired to take over the Suicide Squad franchise over at Warner Bros., the wrestler turned actor is ready to follow him into the DC Extended Universe. Read More »

Let’s be real. You’ve probably made up your mind about seeing Scott Mann’s Final Score based on the trailer, so nothing I say will likely convince you either way. It does what it says on the tin. Distributed by Saban in the United States, it’s the next in a long line of “Die Hard, but in a _______” movies (see also: Skyscraper, AKA Die Hard in a building), proving that while nobody can do it better than Die Hard, damn near everyone is going to try. In that regard, it sort of defies traditional review (In this economy? HA!) given how its entire basis is transposing familiar beats to a new setting — not the beats of a genre, mind you, but the beats of a single film.

Spoiler alert: It’s fun! It’s not everyone’s kind of fun, but if “Dave Bautista bike chase through a football (err, soccer) stadium” sounds like your way of unwinding with a glass of wine, then by all means, read on.

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guardians of the galaxy vol. 3

The fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 remains up in the air, but if and when the Marvel sequel happens, a new actor might have to step in and play Drax. Dave Bautista has once again commented that he’s not really interested in being part of the Guardians 3 cast in the wake of James Gunn‘s firing.

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star wars rejected dave bautista

Dave Bautista may be part of two major sci-fi franchises, but he sadly missed out on starring in a third. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Blade Runner 2049 actor impressed with his supporting turns in both series, but Bautista revealed that he aimed for the stars, and got rejected by them — twice.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold

The future of Guardians of the Galaxy is now in serious doubt. In the aftermath of the firing of director James GunnGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now on hold. Crew members were in the midst of preparing for pre-production when they got word the film was shutting down for the time being. So what now? Is Marvel going to re-group and plan the third film for a future time? Or are the Guardians gone for good?

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guardians of the galaxy cast

Update: Dave Bautista has doubled down on his stance in a new interview. You can read his quotes below.

Following the abrupt firing of writer/director James Gunn from the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, the series cast banded together in support of the filmmaker with an open letter addressed to the Walt Disney Company. And while several cast members have already issued individual statements supporting the director following the resurfacing of his controversial old tweets, a few more members of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast are coming out in support of Gunn and to voice their displeasure with Disney.

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My Spy

After helming the 2008 film adaptation of the spy comedy series Get Smart, director Peter Segal is heading back to the spy movie genre with a new action comedy called My Spy. Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre) is set to play the lead role opposite a 9-year-old girl, and you know what that means: it looks like Bautista is barreling straight into territory that Arnold Schwarzenegger visited in the 1990s and Dwayne Johnson visited in the mid-2000s. Read More »

Drew Pearce interview

Drew Pearce‘s feature-length directorial debut, Hotel Artemis, is the sort of movie that’s a real breath of fresh air during the summer moviegoing season. It’s an original story, for starters, but it’s also a movie that relies more on its characters and all-star cast to generate spectacle than the set pieces. Jodie Foster playing a fast-talking, hard-drinking nurse tending to criminals and Jeff Goldblum as “The Wolf King of Los Angeles” has far more entertainment than watching a city get destroyed.

Pearce’s first movie isn’t heavy on action, but it is heavy on star power, in front of and behind the camera. The Iron Man 3 co-writer and the director of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King couldn’t have assembled a better team for Hotel Artemis, including cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, who shot OldboyThe Handmaiden, and most recently, It. Together, Pearce and Chung create a location full of color, history, and personality. Even with one primary location, never does Hotel Artemis feel claustrophobic or small in scale.

About a month ago, I had a chance to sit-down with Pearce for an extended interview covering his work with the DP, his influences, writing with Shane Black, and more.

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Hotel Artemis Review

This week brings Hotel Artemis to theaters, marking the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. Set in a world reiminiscent of John Wick, our story unfolds in and around a hotel for criminals ran by Jodie Foster. She’s surrounded by an ensemble that includes the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. But is that enough to make for a praiseworthy action flick?

Read our Hotel Artemis review round-up below to find out. Read More »