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Daily Bites (20/03/17) – More Live-Action Disney Movies, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and Matrix Prequel

Not much has come up today so we’ll be talking more about Disney’s push towards Live-Action remakes of classic Disney animations, the latest release of The Dark Tower poster, what’s going on with the Matrix reboot rumours and when Kingsman 2 will finally be released!

Disney is going Live-Action

In recent years, Walt Disney Studios has taken to adapting its library of animated classics to live-action. Some are new takes on well-known stories, like Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, while others have been more strict adaptations, such as Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and the recently released Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to the success of many of these films, both with critics and fans as well as at the box office, Disney has a whole host of other live-action re-imaginings in the works, including Niki Caro’s Mulan, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin.

“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

“Mulan is clearly an empowered-female story but we can also do something new in this reimagining, make it a little more muscular, stronger, with touch of Ridley Scott.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

News of the start of production of The Lion King is the latest in the exciting slate of news coming out about the production. Perhaps the biggest announcement to date is the casting of James Earl Jones, who will reprise his role as the voice of Mufasa. The Darth Vader voice actor will be accompanied by one of the latest additions to the Star Wars family – Donald Glover – who will provide the voice of the adult Simba. Glover is currently in production on the untitled young Han Solo anthology Star Wars film, playing the young Lando Calrissian to fellow scoundrel Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). Disney has also hired screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) to pen The Lion King script.

Source: Vulture

Stephen King reveals the leaked Dark Tower movie poster is, in fact, the official movie poster

King revealed the poster on Twitter, which was accompanied by the message: “Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure.”

Nikolaj Arcel is directing The Dark Tower, which won’t be a straight adaptation of King’s beloved series of books. The film, which stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, will instead serve as more a sequel than a retelling of the author’s original work.

The Dark Tower opens in theaters on July 28, 2017.

Source: Stephen King

Matrix 4 will be a prequel which focuses on a young Morpheus

It is known that Fantastic Four, Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is wanted for the movie. Now it’s being reported that he is specifically wanted as Young Morpheus.

Zak Penn, who helped write the first Avengers movie, is penning the initial script for The Matrix 4, whatever it turns out to be. He was the first from the team to step forward and talk about the reboot of the franchise. Or rather, it’s a continuation of what is already in place. He had this to say about why they’re not messing around with the original classic, with Neo still existing inside this world.

“All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT The Matrix. People who know ‘Animatrix’ and the comics understand. Can’t comment yet except to say that the words reboot and remake were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of The Matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”

BMD’s sources say this is true. The Matrix reboot will follow its own path. And the studio is indeed setting up a Matrix writers’ room that will be used to create not just one but a whole lot of sci-fi adventures centered within the realm of what has already been created. While the Young Morpheus movie is not confirmed as the first movie to roll out of this new franchise factory, it is said to be a concept favored by Warner Bros.

Source: BirthMoviesDeath

Kingsman 2 Release Date Is Pushed Forward

Due to Kingsman being a surprise hit of 2015, most movie fans were extremely excited when they heard director, Matthew Vaughan announce that he would be releasing the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle in June 2017. Becoming one of 2017’s highly anticipated movies, fans were distraught when they heard that the film was pushed back from its original June release to early October, but now that date has been changed once more.

According to Exhibitor Relations, the second Kingsman movie has moved up one week from its October 6th date to now come out on September 29, 2017. With the change being so small, it should not make any difference on the post-production period. Leading to the understanding that this date change was done to avoid competing with another highly anticipated movie, Denis Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049.

Source: Exhibitor Relations

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Latest Trailer

A young Jack Sparrow?!!??! That’s right, we’ll get to see a younger version of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow in this new trailer that was released during The Ellen Show.

What we’ve learned so far,
– The brand new villain is a Spanish military ship captain who was killed in a ship explosion after a naval dogfight with a ship that had a young not-captain-yet Jack Sparrow.
– Capt Barbossa looks like he’s going to play a key role.
– The new Orlando Bloom character gets excited by ankles.
– The new Keira Knightly character is the same as the old Keira Knightly character.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND – MOVIE CONTEST

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Winners will be announced on Screenbite.my at 3PM, 7/3/2017.

Logan : Movie Review

Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine for over 17 years, and yet he found a way to deliver a new version of the character in quite possibly the best performance of his career and the best X-Men movie so far. A superhero movie of this caliber hasn’t been since the widely-acclaimed “Dark Knight Trilogy”.

Synopsis
Set in the future, a future where mutants are a rarity, Logan/ James Howlett (Hugh Jackman) spends his nights chauffeuring rich businessmen, drunk party-goers and hen parties around the neon lit casinos near the Texas-Mexico border, then getting drunk himself until he knocks out. During the day, he cares for a sickly Professor Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) with the help of an albino mutant tracker, Caliban (Stephen Merchant) in an abandoned junkyard on the Mexican side of the border.

Logan (Hugh Jackman), Laura (Dafne Keen), Prof X (Sir Patrick Stewart)

Logan (Hugh Jackman), Laura (Dafne Keen), Prof X (Sir Patrick Stewart)

The main plot begins when Logan is approached by a lady, who is accompanied by a young girl called Laura (Dafne Keen), for help yet being the anti-hero that he is, he consistently rejects her pleas until she offers him money, lots and lots of money. Enter Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), a cybernetic armed hired gun that is searching for the lady and the young girl and has no issues with killing anyone and anything that stands in his way. Pursued by the cybernetic hired gun Pierce , Logan, Laura and Professor X take off on an exodus across middle America in search of a fabled mutant utopia called Eden.

Donald Pierce aka The Baddie

Donald Pierce aka The Baddie

Part Western, part road movie. Unlike “The Wolverine” where Logan spent much of it powerless, in “Logan,” he has aged to the point where his super-healing powers ain’t what they used to be. He’s scarred, beaten, bruised and battered. When he’s cut, he bleeds awhile. A far cry from the calm and composed Prof X we’re used to seeing, he’s now suffering from possible dementia and is more reminiscent of that friendly yet crazy old uncle you’d find at your local hawker stall. While Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart are incredible actors, the standout performance comes from the lesser-known and much younger, Dafne Keen. Her portrayal as a little girl who only knows pain, unwanted by her “father” and knows close to nothing of the outside world is absolutely amazing. Her acting ability can clearly be seen in her moments of raw savagery throughout and her realization of who she is towards the end.

But where “The Wolverine” started strong and devolved into another ridiculously forgettable comic-book-movie smash-’em-up, “Logan” remains true to its vision. Great for people who love Classic Westerns, Superheroes, The Last of Us(video game) or just Good Movies in general.

Oh and some friendly advice to those that have yet to watch “Logan”, remember to bring a box of tissues because it’s a real tearjerker too.

Ratings: 9.5/10

“Joey, there’s no living with the killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her everything’s all right. And there aren’t any more guns in the valley.”
– Shane (1953)

To those that have watched it, here’s that iconic clip that served as pretty much the inspiration to the entire movie.

Latest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer + Logan Contest Winners

If the new trailer is anything to go by, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 looks like it’s going to be even better than the 1st Guardians of the Galaxy and that’s a really tough thing to do, given that the 1st Guardians of the Galaxy was close to perfect. Check out the trailer below.

Some of this footage was revealed at Comic-Con, and held back until now. So what we know so far is that our favourite bunch of misfits are joined by Nebula, Yondu, and Mantis, they’ve got to save the galaxy again and finally, Peter meets his dad, Ego (Kurt Russell). Also, I AM GROOT!

On a separate note, congratulations to the winners of the Logan Contest, here’s the winners with their exclusive Logan merchandise.

1st Place: Johanan Punithakumar

1st Place: Johanan Punithakumar

2nd Place: Wong Wai Tsung Victor‎ (On behalf of)

2nd Place: Wong Wai Tsung Victor‎ (On behalf of)

3rd Place: Kanmani Mani

3rd Place: Kanmani Mani

Most Creative Post: Merida CK Eng

Most Creative Post: Merida CK Eng

Consolation Prize: Dilina Kamaruddin‎

Consolation Prize:
Dilina Kamaruddin‎

Consolation Prize: Saatish Thangadorai.

Latest Alien: Covenant Trailer Comes with Plenty of Action + Aliens.

The previous Alien: Covenant teaser that we posted was rather slow and served more as a homage to the iconic dinner scene in the original Alien movie. This trailer however, shows a whole lot more. I hope I’m wrong but it feels like they’ve just condensed the entire movie into the trailer because certain scenes look rather crucial but nonetheless, it’s still an action-packed trailer so for those that are afraid of possibly spoiling the movie, watch the trailer below at your own risk.

Oscar 2017 Blunder: Uh Oh Land

Remember Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe 2017 mix-up? Well, there’s a new one and given the gravitas of the award, I’d say this was a waaaaaaay bigger blunder than the Miss Universe one.

Some of you may have already watched it but for those that has yet to, here’s what happened.

Oscar legends, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, opened the final envelope of the night to find something rather suspicious: They were given a card with Emma Stone’s name on it. Confused, unsure of what to do and given that “La La Land” starring Emma Stone was highly expected to win, Beatty proceeded to announce “La La Land” assuming that was what the card intended. Naturally, the La La Land team took the stage to express their gratitude for the honor.

Unfortunately…

Midway through the usual thank-yous by the “La La Land” team, “La La Land” producer Fred Berger got word from one of the Oscar ceremony’s techs that Beatty and Dunaway had read off the wrong title. In fact, the real winner of the Best Picture: Moonlight.

Beatty reclaimed the mic to explain his perspective on the misstep, and Kimmel tried to smooth out the mayhem with a few jokes about giving both movies the Oscar. But in truth, the La La Land team, led by Berger, were incredibly gracious about the transference of the Oscar to its rightful owner.

Here are some of the reactions:

And finally, the king of movie twists, Mr. M. Night Shyamalan himself:

The LEGO® Batman Movie – REVIEW

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO® Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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Hilarious, Must Watch for Fans of Comedy, Batman, Lego and Movies (9/10)
The LEGO® Movie is one of the most surprising movies I’ve ever watched, I went in to that with very low expectations but I can happily admit that I was wrong because I loved it. One of the most lovable characters was the LEGO® Batman which I’m glad was picked up and given his own movie. Due to being a massive fan of Batman and growing up with LEGO® toys, I went in to The LEGO® Batman movie with high expectations. Thankfully, The LEGO® Batman Movie lived up to my expectations because it is hilarious. It’s genuinely a really good time for any movie goer and an even better time for someone who understands pop culture humour references.

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Get your stomachs ready because it will ache from all the laughing. I started laughing before I even finished laughing about the previous joke. I can’t stress this enough, this is a high energy movie. It’s literally joke after joke for the first thirty minutes but then it dips and turns into a bit of a downer BUT isn’t that much of an issue due to pushing towards the more serious, family values aspect of the story.
Oh and Batman raps about the awesomeness of Batman.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water TV SPOT

When Burger-Beard (we are still looking for him) stole the secret recipe from SpongeBob ( in your face Plankton), Squarepants and his friends is on a mission to get it back no matter where is it. Even it’s on land.

MUST WATCH MOVIES (2014)

Happy New Year.

Now that you’ve heard it for the millionth time today since it’s New Year’s Eve, you’re probably getting ready for a wild night out or perhaps a cozy night in, either way you’ve still got time to breeze through this list of must watch movies. I’m secretly hoping that you haven’t watched any of these yet so that I’d get some credit for introducing them to you.

So before you get drunk, dance on the bar, lose your phone, get naked or get arrested, here’s a couple of movies in no order whatsoever that you’d probably wanna check out so you won’t feel left out when it pops up during a conversation tonight with that pretty girl.
(or guy, handsome guy, not pretty guy -wait, no.. well, let’s just go with whatever you turns you on, alright).

I love you, I fear you.

I love you, I fear you.

Gone Girl 9/10
A wicked satire of how fear works within the confines of a relationship. I found Gone Girl to be rather illogical at times but I have to admit, it kept me wondering what would happen next and not just that, it kept me WANTING to know what would happen next.

Dev's Bucket list : Fall in love with a French woman.

Dev’s Bucket list : Fall in love with a French woman.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (7/10)
If like me, you share a fondness towards French & Indian culture, food and acting quality then this is the movie for you. On the other hand, it’s 2014’s foodie movie alongside a personal favourite of mine, Jon Favreau’s Chef.

Alright, alright, alright.

Alright, alright, alright.

Interstellar (7/10)
Interstellar is full of moral ambition, breathtaking visuals and award-winning acting ability. However, it is presented in a rather pedestrian manner due to Nolan’s rightly placed lack of confidence in the intelligence of his audience. Over-hyped by the masses, above-average for the critics.

You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy.

You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy.

The Babadook (8/10)
The horror genre has been plagued by a multitude of generic plots and failed attempts at milking franchises (*cough* Annabelle) but The Babadook brings a fresh perspective that is usually seen in thrillers. By the end of this haunting tale about a grieving mother and her child, you’d be wondering who you should fear more, the monster in the dark or yourself?

Keep Calm and Reset.

Keep Calm and Reset.

The Edge of Tomorrow (8/10)
Exceptionally entertaining, consistently humorous and all-around great visuals that makes you feel like you’re watching a 2-hour video game, which in my book, is fantastic. Tom Cruise remains lovable even when we should feel the exact opposite for his character.

What a bunch of A-holes.

What a bunch of A-holes.

Guardians of the Galaxy (10/10)
Not much can be said about this comic adaptation that you haven’t already heard or read somewhere else besides it successfully introducing a generally unknown team of dysfunctional superheroes and turning Guardians of the Galaxy into a household name alongside the likes of Batman, Superman & the X-Men. Another new addition to the A-list acting fraternity is the charmingly hilarious Chris Pratt who makes Star-Lord his own in similar fashion to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine & Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
All in all, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is my pick for 2014’s Best Movie.

You know what I hate about myself? I know what people taste like. I know babies taste the best.

You know what I hate about myself? I know what people taste like. I know babies taste the best.

Snowpiercer (7/10)
Much like the Edge of Tomorrow, this too plays out like a video game but instead has a darker, grittier appeal to it that promises to be highly entertaining, fast-paced and morally-provoking.

There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it.

There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (9/10)
Wes Anderson retains his rather eccentric but highly entertaining direction style in The Grand Budapest Hotel to present the oddball adventures of the European hotel’s concierge and it’s lobby boy. Artsy backdrops and quirky characters makes The Grand Budapest Hotel a strong contender for 2014’s Movie of the Year.

The sky looks beautiful. Maybe I should fall off the roof more often.

The sky looks beautiful.
Maybe I should fall off the roof more often.

Boyhood (9/10)
A cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. Filmed over the course of 12 years to not just tell a coming of age story but to truly revolutionize the genre. Richard Linklater’s ability to capture natural human chemistry is as much of a gift to the cinematic art form as this movie.
(P.S: Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise is one of the best romance movies ever made.)

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME AND I'M BATMAN!

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME AND I’M BATMAN!

The LEGO Movie (7/10)
Retaining the same qualities that made LEGO the brand powerhouse that it is, The LEGO Movie is contemporary, inventive & most importantly, fun for all ages. Backed by loads of stars, The LEGO Movie is most definitely 2014’s surprise of the year. Oh and… I’M BATMAN.

My Name is Jeff

My Name is Jeff

22 Jump Street (8/10)
From the same guys that brought you The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street is EXACTLY the same as it’s prequel. With that fact in mind, it laughs at itself making this one of the best comedies that’s been released in quite some time. Not to mention, spawning the hilarious internet meme/ catch phrase, “My Name is Jeff”.

My motto is if you want to win the lottery you've got to make money to get a ticket.

My motto is if you want to win the lottery you’ve got to make money to get a ticket.

Nightcrawler (7/10)
If you were captivated by the brutal depths of the human psyche seen in American Psycho & Taxi Driver, you’d enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal’s disturbingly brilliant portrayal of an enthusiastic young man beginning a career in the morally abject world of crime journalism.

I feel like Birdman would make this list if it wasn’t being released in Malaysia NEXT YEAR ON JANUARY 15TH. sigh.

Bonus. Worst Movie of 2014?

Kill. Me. Now.

Kill. Me. Now.

Pre-pubescent rubbish known as The Interview. You’d probably enjoy this movie if you were smoking up but let’s be honest, we’d laugh at the word “skittles” if we were high. I love James Franco but I’m afraid even Green Hornet is better than this which is no way a compliment to that Seth Rogen disaster. Props to the advertising/marketing team though, the movie would be nothing if it weren’t for you guys. (2/10)

I’d like to point out that most of my favourites for this year aren’t on the list mainly because they’re either too artsy, too indie or French. If your interests are along those lines, hit me up in the comment section below and I’d be glad to provide you with a bunch of names to quench your creative thirst.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and regardless of how well 2014 was for you, have a better year in 2015.

-Dev