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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

First Czech Film Festival in Malaysia on March 9-12, 2017

4-Day film festival offers Malaysia audiences a chance to enjoy exciting Czech movies

International movie fans, mark your calendars: The Embassy of the Czech Republic brings to Malaysia five outstanding Czech movies, which will be presented in the first Czech Film Festival in Malaysia on March 9-12, 2017. The movies include Oscar winning Kolya and Oscar nominated Elementary School. The total of 30 complimentary screenings will take place at Golden Screen Cinemas at Pavilion KL, Mid Valley and 1Utama. This unique professional presentation of accomplished Czech cinematography in the largest cinema chain in Malaysia is organized and funded by the Embassy, and is meant to present the Czech Republic in Malaysia.

“The Czech Republic has rich and accomplished history of film making, which we would like to share with Malaysian audiences”, said the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Rudolf Hykl and added: “It is a part of our effort to reach out to Malaysian public and to advance our cultural understanding”.
The cinematographic presentation of some of the best Czech movies from the recent times is staged in collaboration with the Golden Screen Cinemas, which is the largest cinema chain in Malaysia. It will take place in three cineplexes in the greater Kuala Lumpur area, namely GSC Pavilion KL, GSC Mid Valley and GSC 1Utama. The films are Dark Blue World, Elementary School, Kolya, Oldies but Goldies and A Vote for the King of The Romans.

The synopsis and short characteristics of the films are resumed in the words of H.E. Rudolf Hykl: “Dark Blue world is a story of Czech pilots who had to leave Czechoslovakia during the WWII for Britain in order to be able to fight Nazi Germany in the Royal Air Force, Kolya tells a story of a womanizing bachelor musician, who ends up with a 5 year old boy left with him alone after his younger wife flees overseas, Elementary school is movie about the school environment in Czechoslovakia after WWII, A Vote for the King of the Romans portrays the intrigues surrounding election of the Czech King Charles IV to become a new king for the Roman Empire and Oldies but Goldies is a bitter-sweet comedy about two people who wish to live life the full despite their age. The movies present so typical for Czech cinematography a witty sense of humor, interesting dialogues, they portray the life situations realistically, often pointing out absurdity of human behavior”.

The Czech Film Festival is meant to present the cinematography to Malaysian audiences in order to enhance the Czech – Malaysia cultural understanding and increase movie appreciation in Malaysia. The Embassy cooperates in this respect also with the National Film Development Corporation. The movies cover whole range of topics from medieval history through episodes from the World War II, all the way to captivating stories of the recent times. The screening is free of charge; please visit participating GSC cinemas to secure the ticket from March 2 onwards, for screenings March 9-12, 2017, while tickets last.
The Embassy cordially invites Malaysian and international public to take advantage of this unique and professionally presented cinematographic showcase from the Czech Republic.

For more information, please, email: kualalumpur@embassy.mzv.cz, or call +603 21661900.

Here are some pictures from The Czech Republic Film Festival Press Conference that was held on 28/2/17 at GSC Mid Valley Megamall.

Welcome Note and Introduction by H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

Welcome Note and Introduction by H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

Left to right - Mr Peter Gerard Sugumaran (Skinny Fat Kids) , Mr. Dylen Gan (Pearl International Hotel) , Ms Patricia Sargunan (Knowmad Productions) , Tan Gaik Lian (GSC) & H. E Rudolf Hykl ( Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia)

Left to right – Mr Peter Gerard Sugumaran (Skinny Fat Kids) , Mr. Dylen Gan (Pearl International Hotel) , Ms Patricia Sargunan (Knowmad Productions) , Tan Gaik Lian (GSC) & H. E Rudolf Hykl ( Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia)

H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

Pearl International Hotel with H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

Pearl International Hotel with H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

Skinny Fat Kids with H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

Skinny Fat Kids with H.E Rudolph Hykl, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Malaysia

BATFLECK NO MORE?!?!

There’s been plenty of Batman-Ben Affleck (Batfleck?) news in the past couple of weeks, Ben Affleck who was initially intended to be director, writer and actor for “The Batman” had dropped out of being director at the end of January this year, releasing this statement:
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Now, he might not even be acting in it.

So far, this is only coming from a single person, with that person being John Campea from Collider Movie Talk, who claims to get his intel from multiple sources close to the project, said on record that “Ben Affleck, make no mistake, he does want out…He doesn’t want to be Batman anymore.” Additionally, Campea added that, “I’ve been told, Ben Affleck is talking with Warner Bros. in an attempt to get out of being Batman. And if they do not let him out of being Batman, the standalone Batman film that ultimately happens will be the last time we see Ben Affleck as Batman.”

Here’s the snippet from Collider Movie Talk:

If Ben Affleck does end up leaving his role as Batman, who do you think should be the next BATMAN?
Leave your comments in the section below, we would love to hear what you have to say.

Maaaaaaaybe this guy? No, really. Tom Hardy would be perfect, don’t believe me? Just watch any of his movies or even his tv shows, Taboo and Peaky Blinders.
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– Written by DJ
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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

Get Hard – Trailer

Get Hard, a comedy flick by 2 of funny guy; Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.