(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)
The Movie: Steel
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Metallurgist John Henry Irons (basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal) vows to do something when a renegade military reject (Judd Nelson) puts new superweapons in dangerous hands. Helped by an electronics wiz (Annabeth Gish) and an imaginative scrap metal worker (Richard Roundtree), Irons becomes Steel. Wearing body armor, wielding a fearsome electrohammer, and riding a gadget-packed motorcycle, he’s ready to wage war against these weaponized criminals, even if he still has to fix some glitches in his gear at the same time.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Steel is one of those comic book movies that doesn’t get much love. That’s because the movie is mostly bad, but director/writer Kenneth Johnson had his heart in the right place, and Steel deserves some recognition for going out of its way to be rather progressive for a comic book movie that was made in 1997. Read More »
At last, someone has finally made a movie about guys wearing old age prosthetic make-up and playing basketball! Uncle Drew features Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal, Tiffany Haddish and more in a summer movie that might be a nice distraction from all the usual blockbuster bombast. Watch the Uncle Drew trailer below.
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There’s a Bible verse in the Book of Revelation that states, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour, and the Show Dogs trailer appeared.” That time is now, folks. The end is nigh. The new Show Dogs trailer is here.
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It started as a viral bit. Basketball star Kyrie Irving donned some old-age make-up, a fat suit, and a white wig to play “Uncle Drew,” a washed-up basketball player who shows up to a local game and shows up all the young players. He debuted in a Pepsi Max ad that was presented as documentary-style “chapters” — which later came together as a 20-minute short film. The videos soon went viral and and went on to be one of the most popular ads that aired at the NBA finals.
Now, Uncle Drew is getting his own movie.
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Since it was April Fools’ Day over the weekend, a lot of stupid things happened on the internet. Thankfully, the prankster holiday wasn’t all garbage with Adult Swim having a surprise debut of the third season premiere of Rick and Morty. But when it comes to online jokes, College Humor may have taken the cake.
If you’ve spent any time reading about movies online, then you’ve probably heard about people claiming to have vivid memories of a movie called Shazam starring Sinbad as a genie. Your immediate thought may be that the movie they’re thinking of is called Kazaam, and it didn’t star Sinbad, but rather NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. But somehow there are still people who legitimately think they’ve seen this movie. Well, College Humor made them all honest by unearthing footage from this lost movie that never actually existed, featuring none other than the real Sinbad himself.
Watch the Sinbad Shazam movie footage below. Read More »
The X-Men franchise began back in 2000, and since it was the first time the Marvel Comics property was being brought to the big screen, there was a lot of buzz about who should be cast in the various mutant roles of the titular superhero team. For example, Viggo Mortensen revealed not too long ago that he turned down the role of Wolverine due to a commitment he had to another project. While we’ll always wonder how awesome that would have been, we couldn’t be happier that Australian actor Hugh Jackman ended up being launched into stardom by taking the role that he would go on to play for 17 years.
Beyond that though, you might be surprise to hear that there were some mind-blowing contenders who came in to read for various roles in the first X-Men movie. Believe it or not, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, came in to audition for Professor X. And he wasn’t the only chart-topping singer looking to play one of the Marvel mutants.
Learn about how Michael Jackson auditioned for X-Men and other surprising contenders after the jump. Read More »
Even if you’re not a regular viewer of The Late Late Show on CBS with host James Corden, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of his popular, consistently viral segment known as Carpool Karaoke. In the recurring segment, James Corden hops in a car with a famous celebrity, usually a chart-topping singer but sometimes just another figure in pop culture, and they cruise around Los Angeles jamming out to an assortment of songs in the car, just like you and me. This year, that segment gets its own series.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be the first programming endeavor for Apple as they start to expand into original programming. Last night the first trailer debuted in front of the perfect audience during the Grammys, which were hosted by James Corden, and featured a few of the famous faces that he’s shared a ride with before. The trailer shows that Corden won’t be hosting every episode, but there’s quite a cavalcade of talent from across the board to make up for it.
Watch the Carpool Karaoke trailer after the jump. Read More »
Shaquille O’Neal wants to make a video game. Scratch that. He wants to make another video game. The star of the 1994 fighting game Shaq-Fu has taken to IndieGoGo to raise funds for a reboot of that title, called Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. Check out the pitch video, teaser and more below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
The summer schedule is chock full of sequels we’re dying, or at least very curious to see. This weekend alone has Fast & Furious 6 going up against Before Midnight, for example. Monsters University and The Wolverine are due out in the following months. And so on.
Today, however, we have a trailer for what may be the least-anticipated follow-up of the season. (Least-anticipated by the hardcore movie crowd, that is.) Grown Ups 2 reunites Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, and Chris Rock in their hometown for still more hilarious shenanigans. The film also brings some fresh blood into the mix, in the form of Taylor Lautner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Shaquille O’Neil. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is no longer opening next month, thanks to a late-in-the-game decision to post-convert it to 3D, we’ve got another ten months to keep talking about it. After the jump, read director Jon Chu‘s earlier comments on the decision to shoot in 2D. Also:
- Get a look at Shaquille O’Neal on the Grown Ups 2 set
- Passion of the Christ sorta-prequel Mary Mother of Christ gets a director
- Star Trek 2 is heading to Iceland for second unit shooting
- Jonathan Frakes talks about his visit to the Star Trek set
- Uncharted actor Nolan North will be in Trek 2, but chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won’t
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