Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

After a few weeks away, we’re back from our Christmas break and ready to tackle all the hot topics of today, namely:
– Danny DeVito’s next big film
– Todd McFarlane’s take on Spawn
– Tonight’s Golden Globes Awards Ceremony

Read on to find out more!

Danny DeVito is welcomed to the Jungle

Kevin Hart, Dwyane Johnson, Karen Gillan & Jack Black / Picture courtesy of Sony

It’s the new year. A time for new resolutions, changes and job hunts. Or in the case of Danny DeVito, signing on to a new movie.

Earlier this week, the loveable actor was announced to have signed on to the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The film, which debuted in cinemas in late 2017, made waves at the box office and became Sony’s most profitable release, surpassing the previous champion Spider-Man. With a star-studded cast of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, the film appealed to a wide audience, and bringing in DeVito will no doubt help the sequel rake in an even larger sum when it hits cinemas.

As of now, DeVito’s character is still being kept under wraps, but considering the makeup of the previous film, it wouldn’t be unlikely that he plays the video-game avatar of one of the film’s other characters. Alongside DeVito, rapper and actress Awkwafina will also appear.

Jumanji 3 rolls into cinemas on December 13th 2019.


Spawn to be a joyless movie

Picture courtesy of Image Comics

When it comes to superhero movies, each consecutive year is becoming more and more varied. 2018 saw the likes of the team-up epic Avengers: Infinity War, the anti-villain focused Venom and the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, among others. Similarly, 2019 promises an even bigger epic in Avengers: Endgame, a supervillain origin in Joker, the horror focused New Mutants and the female-led Captain Marvel.

But when it comes to superhero properties in the works, there are perhaps none that stray from the norm more than Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. Based on his own comic book from the nineties, McFarlane plans to do his creation justice by stepping up to the reigns as director for the first time, to ensure his vision makes its way to cinema screens. He’s joined in the task by Jamie Foxx, who will play the titular Spawn, and Jeremy Renner.

This past week, MacFarlane spoke with The Nerdist, and said the following:

“I want to go in a different corner that no one is touching right now, which is just a deeply serious, dark, almost disturbing R version of a superhero character. Right? There’s no joy. And there’s going to be no fun lines in it, and it’s going to be this dark, ugly two hours worth of movie.”

McFarlane goes on to talk about his intent to scare viewers, which is not dissimilar to previous comments he’s made throughout 2018, about how his film will make ten-year-olds cry and will not be a lot of fun. He also speaks to how his script is facing some pushback, as people are trapped in, what he calls, the ‘superhero formula PG-13’ mindset.

Probably because watching this movie sounds like a miserable experience, but one that might make some (myself included. I don’t know why) morbidly curious. How is this going to turn out? Will it be a solid movie? Or are we all too trapped in that ‘superhero formula PG-13’ mindset to be able to appreciate what McFarlane’s laying down? Only time will tell, as…

Spawn is aiming for a release later this year.


What’s the deal with tonight’s Golden Globes?

Picture courtesy of Chris Haston

Tonight, Hollywood celebrates the achievements of both film and television with the Golden Globes awards ceremony. The program will start at 5pm PT (that’s 1am for us Brits) and features a whopping twenty five trophies that are up for contention.

The ceremony will be hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and Lonely Island frontman Andy Samberg, who previously hosted the 2015 Emmy Awards and the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. He will be joined by co-host Sandra Oh of Grey’s Anatomy fame. It will be Oh’s first time hosting an awards ceremony.

Alongside Oh and Samberg, the ceremony will feature a large assemblage of guest presenters, including Sam Rockwell, Jessica Chastain, Harrison Ford, Dick Van Dyke, Chadwick Boseman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Idris Elba, Emily Blunt and Emma Stone, among others.

Those aforementioned twenty five awards make up eleven for television, and fourteen for film, but as this is ‘film news’, we’ll just stick to the movie nominations for now:

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns

Best Motion Picture (Animated)
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language)
Capernum (Lebanon)
Girl (Belgium)
Never Look Away (Germany)
ROMA (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Christian Bale, Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man & The Gun
John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Claire Foy, First Man
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Director
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón, ROMA
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice

Best Screenplay
Alfonso Cuarón, ROMA
Deborah Davis and Tony MacNamara, The Favourite
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay, Vice
Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Green Book

Best Original Song
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born

Best Original Score
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

As expected, crowd-pleasing films like Incredibles 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody manage to snag a few nominations, but the real stand-outs here are RomaIf Beale Street Could Talk and Black Panther, each of which is nominated for three categories; Mary Poppins Returns and BlacKkKlansman, which top that with four nominations; and the recently released The Favourite flies high alongside A Star Is Born and Green Book, raking in five nominations each across several fields.

However, above them all is Vice, which, with six nominations, is leading the charge. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Director (Adam McKay) and Best Screenplay (also McKay), Vice definitely seems to be the film to watch.

The Golden Globes Awards Ceremony airs tonight at 5.00pm Pacific Time.