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
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
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.
“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?
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-Ninestar 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 BlacKkKlansman 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 Vice
Best Motion Picture (Animated) Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs Mirai 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 Roma, If 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.