Latest He-Man Movie News & Our Dream Masters Of The Universe Casting Call

The internet nearly broke last week when Sony Pictures and Mattel announced they have tapped brothers Aaron & Adam Nee to direct their much anticipated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie.

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If your initial response to the Eternia shattering news was “Who?“, don’t feel bad. You are not alone.

The brothers are best known directing the 2015 movie, “Band of Robbers“, which received positive critical reviews, but this will be their first big budget project. That makes them a fairly risky choice for a project that Sony has so much riding on.

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The film is still being written by Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel & Justice League writer David S. Goyer. Goyer had previously been rumored to be directing He-Man as well, but has since said he will not due to his busy schedule (which includes the Terminator Reboot and Green Lantern Corp project). He is also being credited as executive producer.

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“I’m Batman.”

Sony Pictures has extremely high hopes for the Masters of the Universe property after having a very successful 2017 thanks to films such as Spiderman: Homecoming and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. 

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Wonder what he’s listening to…

Fortunately for Sony, Dolph Lundgren’s 1987 Masters of the Universe film set the He-Man Movie bar low. Like very, very low. (Think Snake $#!T low)

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This did for Masters of the Universe what the Last Jedi did to Star Wars.

All the ‘behind the camera’ stuff is interesting, but how about the on screen talent? He-Man is an iconic 80’s character who will require a gigantic physical presence with just enough 80’s campiness mixed in. He needs to be fun and exciting yet have enough comedic presence to not be taken too seriously.

So who could possibly fill this Filmation loin cloth?

Here is Geeky Daddy’ Dream Cast for the new Masters Of The Universe Movie:

(Remember, this is our “Dream Cast” which is basically our version of a cinematic mock draft. We are not taking into account things like payroll concerns or actor’s schedule or even desire to accept the part.)

He-Man / Prince Adam

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Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Chris Hemsworth

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The two most distinguishing physical traits of He-Man are obviously the build and the hair (probably in that order) and Hemsworth has got them both. His recent performance in Thor: Ragnarok also showcased his comedic timing, should the Nee Brothers decide to take He-Man in a more light hearted direction.

Other Possibilities:

Fellow Marvel Universe front man Chris Pratt

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WWE’s John Cena

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WWE’s Dolph Ziggler (Come on. His name is ‘Dolph’ after all)

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: (I actually don’t like this choice but I think he has a contract that gives him first right of refusal for any project that comes out of Hollywood)

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Nicki Minaj (because nobody has pulled off the ‘Prince Adam’ look better)

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Man At Arms

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Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Liam Neeson

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Man At Arms had a particular set of skillz, a matter of fact delivery style and was handy with firearms. Who could possibly be a better choice than Bryan Mills

Other Possibilities:

Tom Selleck (just because of the ‘stache. Nothing more.)

Bruce Campbell (and his boom stick!)

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David Caruso (Although the best part about his role on CSI: Miami are the drinking games requiring a shot every time he takes his shades off. Maybe that could be replaced with Man At Arms laughing?)

Daniel Craig

He can rock the ‘stache as well! (which is a phrase I never thought I would say in my entire life)

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Sean Bean is also a possibility but nobody wants to see Man At Arms die. So never mind.

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The Sorceress

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The Sorceress was basically Jedi Council of Eternia. A tremendously powerful force who would send others on dangerous missions but would hang back safe and sound in the castle and do….I have no idea what. Quilting maybe? Bird cosplay perhaps?

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Carrie Anne Moss

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Best known as Trinity from the Matrix trilogy, Moss possesses the pretty face and soothing voice that are going to be the most important characteristics for our sorceress (as well as a love for feathers).

Other Possibilities:

Glenn Close: She has the voice and the sweet grandmotherly charm you’d expect from a Sorceress. Maybe she bakes cookies all day in the Castle Greyskull kitchen?

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Keri Russell: You know how I mentioned a pretty face? Well anyone who has done a Cover Girl commercial you know has terrific skin.

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Teela

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Teela is the tough minded head of Eternia’s Royal Guard, bodyguard for bumbling Prince Adam and always carried a certain amount of sexual tension with Adam’s alter-ego He-Man. Think Xena meets Wonder Woman meets the wardrobe designer for Madonna in the 1980’s. Also, she is Man At Arms daughter, so if Liam Neeson does get the role, nobody better get any funny ideas about her.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Daisy Ridley

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Ridley is tough, beautiful and looks very convincing wielding weapons on screen.

Other Possibilities:

Jaime Alexander: She has the bad-@$$ look and can rock some serious armor!

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Mila Kunis: I think she is gorgeous and actually just really want to see her in skimpy armor.

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Orko

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He-man’s magician/buddy/comic relief Orko would obviously be CG, meaning the Orko casting would be voice only (ala Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy).

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Patton Oswalt

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Oswalt seems to be working non-stop since the death of his wife in 2016 so I am not sure how much more room there is on his plate. Fortunately, like I pointed out earlier, that does not play into our little Masters of the Universe mock draft.

Skeletor

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The master villain with the maniacal laugh would need to be mostly special effects make-up, so the voice would be the main attribute to consider here as well.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Tom Ellis

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In Lucifer, Tom Ellis has shown his ability to play a not always good guy character that you actually care about, laugh at, and feel sorry for…sometimes all in the same episode. He can also pull off the laugh!

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Side note: Anybody not already watching Tom Ellis as Lucifer on Fox really should check it out. The show does stand out in the over saturated television market thanks to Ellis’ portrayal of the fallen angel, a creative cast of characters and some very intelligent script writing.

Other Possibilities:

Willem Dafoe: Mostly because no budget eating costly make-up would be required.

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Walton Goggins: I’m a huge fan of his acting and his teeth. Those suckers are perfectly straight and pearly white! Especially when they are preceded by Willem DaFoe’s chompers.

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Mathew McConaughey: His career has had a bit of a renaissance (McCon-aissance?) since he started doing the Lincoln commercials

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Evil Lynn

(Hey, I don’t name these characters, I’m just trying to cast them.)

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She is hot, evil, kinda whiney and bat-$#!T crazy.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Megan Fox

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Like I said. “She is hot, evil, kinda whiney and bat-$#!T crazy.” Does that describe anyone better than Megan Fox?

Other Possibilities:

Olivia Wilde: I liked her in Tron: Legacy but I think I am the only one who saw that movie.

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Margot Robbie: Any doubts about her ability to play crazy were laid to rest with her performance of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.

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Olivia Munn: I’ve been a fan of her since her days on Attack of the Show on G4TV and she needs a chance to redeem herself since that Psylocke debacle

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Beastman

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Much like Orko, Beastman would be CG or some type of special effects make-up, so we are looking for voice over talent.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Vin “I Am Groot” Diesel

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“Have you driven a Dodge lately?”

Other possibility:

Jason Statham: Fellow Fast & Furious member Statham also has a distinctive voice is not as gravelly as Diesel’s (Vin Lite or Diet Diesel).

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“I don’t always play the same character. Actually, I do”

Dennis Haysbert: Despite a long movie and television career, he is better known as “the All State guy” (Although I only see Cerano from Major League cussing out Jobu).

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“You’re in good hands.”

What do you think of our casting choices?

Who would you like to see wield the power of Greyskull?

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Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds To Star In CLUE Re-Make!

Deadpool in the dining room with a Super Soaker!

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Pardon me, Col. Mustard.

Deadline recently broke the news that Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recently signed a new 3 year contract with FOX and first of these upcoming projects is the re-make of the 1985 Tim Curry classic CLUE.

Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will be joining Reynolds to provide their maximum effort to the script of the live action Hasbro board game property.

The original release was known for it’s originality, including it’s 3 very different endings. We don’t know yet if something similar is planned for this edition, but with this creative trio helming the film, who knows what we can expect!

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It has net been revealed yet which character Reynolds will be portraying, but I am hoping to see him bring new life to Tim Curry’s Wadsworth, the extremely sarcastic butler. It would also be cool nod to the original film to see Curry brought on the remake for a cameo or as another character, such as Col. Mustard.

With Disney’s recent acquisition of FOX’s movie properties,  a Hydra Bob cameo wouldn’t outside the realm of possibilities as well…

Deadpool’s $783 million gross profit made it the highest grossing rated R film of all time and FOX has high hopes for the sequel, which is scheduled to release this May with director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde & parts of John Wick) at the helm.

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The Last Jedi Nearly Did What With Lando Calrissian!?!

Obvious Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoilers Ahead.

There were some good parts to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there were plenty of times where it seemed as though we were watching 2 and 1/2 hours of Rian Johnson giving the middle finger to J.J. Abrams.

  • “Here is your lightsaber Master Skywalker.” Luke tosses it over his shoulder. F-U Abrams!
  • Curious about the mysterious history of Snoke and his power? Slice. Dead. F-U Abrams!
  • What is Rey’s lineage? Skywalker? Kenobi? Ezra Bridger? Well they are nobodies! F-U Abrams!
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They could still potentially be Rey’s parents. That would make her a (Disney) Princess!

Well, apparently Johnson’s middle finger was nearly expanded to the original series as well.

In a recent interview with Playlist, Rian Johnson said that the galaxies second most favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, was in an early draft of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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“Are you making faces at me under that mask?”

My first thought was this could have been cool! Seeing Lando rolling at the high stakes tables in the casino at Canto Bight. Maybe use him as a middle man for Finn and Rose to make contact with the splicer. Or even a cameo of him at the bar downing a Colt 45 Malt liquor.

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“Hello Finn. How’s your mom doing?”

But then I read what Rian Johnson had planned for the character and I nearly spit my Mt. Dew out onto my screen!

“Of course I’d love to see Lando,” Johnson said. “In terms of Lando, I briefly considered — would he work in the Benicio [del Toro] part, [DJ].” For those that mentally blocked the film from their memory already, DJ was the morally ambiguous splicer that initially helps Finn and Rose only to later betray them to the First Order.

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“I don’t think you would ever buy that Lando would just completely betray the characters like that and have that level of moral ambiguity,” Johnson explained. “Cause we love Lando and you’d come into it with that [expectation]…”

What a minute! So Rian Johnson had initially planned on having Lando Calrissian, the hero of the Battle of Endor, BETRAY Leia’s resistance? The widow of his bosom buddy Han?

 

How does this fit in with the character that risked his life to save Han on Cloud City, in Jabba’s palace and helped destroy the second Death Star?

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Source: DementedTimes.com

No wonder this got taken out of the script! Talk about sticking your middle finger up at the original trilogy!

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“Han old buddy, I’m not so sure this director understands what Star Wars fans want.”

What are your thoughts? Would you like to have seen the unexpected twist of have Lando sell out his friends?




Geeky Daddy Movie Review Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Spoiler Warning: There are some spoilers, but if you’re worried about spoilers, why are you reading a review of the movie in the 1st place?

I have been looking forward to this film more than any other release of 2017!  Who hasn’t? Will we finally learn Rey’s story? How about Snoke’s?

I did have some trepidation about this movie however. Based on how much of a requel (combination sequel and reboot) The Force Awakens was of A New Hope, would The Last Jedi be simply a re-hashed Empire Strikes Back?

Fortunately, my fears proved unfounded as, while there were plenty of nods to Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi was its own story. But was it a good one?

The Good

There was a lot of good!

From the beginning crawl (yes there was one, I don’t know why they opted to leave that out of Rogue One) this movie felt 100% Star Wars!

Terrific Space Action

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The movie begins with a terrific space battle that had great action, wonderful special effects and even a little humor mixed in. Beginning a Star Wars movie with a joke was a bit of a risk, but paid off. The battle was an obvious nod to the trench sequence from A New Hope mixed in with some vintage WWII bombing raid battle footage. Laws of gravity aside, it was a great way to open the film!

Kylo vs. Rey vs. Elite Praetorian Guard

Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul had always been my favorite lightsaber battle, but it may have just been unthroned. Usually a battle with multiple opponents quickly descends into chaos, but this battle remained a ballet of martial arts violence.

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The Samurai inspired armor was awesome to look at, the creative new weapons were impressive in combat and the martial arts was expertly choreographed.

The Bad

The Island

From the ending of The Force Awakens, none of use could wait to see what the island had in store for us. What we got was the slowest developing island story that was not told over the first 5 seasons of CW’s Arrow.

I mean, I only remember like 1 scene of actually training. So much of the time spent on the island seemed like the same dialogue repeated over and over again. Aside from the need for Disney to sell pallets of Porg toys, I’m not sure why the island scenes needed to take up so much screen time.

Vice Admiral Holdo & Other Bad Leadership

I have watched The Last Jedi twice and I still have no idea what the point of this character was. Why not simply have Princess (General) Leia fulfill this role?

The character of Vice Admiral Holdo appears on the screen built up as a great tactician and the hero of a previous battle but looking more like she just came directly from a Cyndi Lauper concert.

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“Girls just want to have fun”

But that’s cool. I like the whole “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” idea, but then she turned out to be the most inept leader in a movie that also included the ginger General Hux.

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“I SUCK!!!”

She stays behind on the cruiser while the rest of the resistance boarded shieldless shuttles so she could “pilot the cruiser”, but then she didn’t. She simply stared out the window with the same sad longing that I do when I am staring out my window waiting for the overdue pizza delivery guy.

She didn’t even head to the bridge until after a dozen or so of the 30 shuttles had already been destroyed! I did love her Kamikaze maneuver…that she did after like 27 of the 30 shuttles were destroyed!

Why not:

A: Maneuver the cruiser (with its working shields) in between the defenseless shuttles and the pursuing First Order. Or…

B: Once the cloaked shuttles were launched, use the last bit of fuel to jump to hyperspace to lure the tracking First Order with her and allow her shuttles to escape. Or…

C: Be on the friggin’ bridge so she could perform the Kamikaze maneuver earlier. As in, right after the First Order started blowing up the shuttles.

D: There really was no way to remote control the cruiser? Just how far behind Google in “self driving car” technology are the resistance?

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“I’m a very safe driver.”

Obviously no one could have foreseen Carrie Fisher’s death shortly after completion of filming, but even without that hindsight, why not simply have Princess Leia fulfill this role? What better way for her character to go out than by sacrificing herself to save the rest of the resistance?

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(And I was not a fan of her coming back from the dead of space)

And if we look deeper into it, the First Order only learned about the cloaked shuttles because Benicio Del Toro’s DJ character was on their main ship. DJ was only on their ship because Holdo didn’t share her escape plan with her commanders, as every previous rebel leader had down in every previous Star Wars movie.

Poe, Connix and the other commanders thought Holdo was simply leading them on the slowest high speed chace since O.J. and A.C. gave the world a guided tour of L.A.’s highway system. Which is why they sent Finn and Rose for the a splicer (hacker) in the first place.

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“I think we are being followed!”

And Hux had like a dozen Star Destroyers in his pursuing fleet. Why wouldn’t he have one make a short hyper jump ahead to cut off the resistance?

Luke Skywalker

I totally get why Mark Hamill reacted the way he did when he first saw Rian Johnson’s script for The Last Jedi.

In an interview with Vanity Fair.  “I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character,'” he said. “‘Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision,'” he reportedly told Johnson.

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“At least I’m not ‘speechless’ this time.”

When I first heard this was Mark Hamill’s reaction, I was worried that Rey would be revealed to be his daughter and our favorite Jedi would be revealed to be the galaxy’s greatest dead beat dad. While, thankfully, this did not turn out to be true, what they did with Luke wasn’t all that much better.

They left him to wallow in self pity on his private island after his student fell to the dark. He essentially became a dead beat dad for a whole generation.

I will say, however, that I did like what they did with his character towards the end.

Other Notes

Are Johnson And Abrams On The Same Page?

The J.J. Abrams helmed The Force Awakens was a “requel” (combination sequel and reboot) of the Star Wars universe and introduced some great new characters and concepts, but did Rian Johnson agree?

It seemed as though Johnson purposefully undid some of the elements that Abrams introduced. Snoke ordering Kylo to “take off that ridiculous mask” sounded like it summed up what Johnson thought of it.

Much of The Force Awakens was spent building up the character of Snoke. Will we ever learn his origin, how he became so powerful or even if he was a Sith or something different? It is worth pointing out that neither him or Kylo took on the title of “Darth”. And what about the “Knights of Ren?”

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Who wore it better?

And what of Rey’s origin? Do you think Kylo was telling her the truth? Or could Snoke have implanted false impressions of Rey’s parents in his head?

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Could this still be a portrait of Rey’s parents?

J.J. Abrams will be helming  chapter IX in this trilogy so will we see him bring back some of what he introduced in chapter VII?

The Dice

I had to Google this because the significance of the gold dice to Luke and Leia went over my head when I saw the movie.

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The gold dice were a set decoration that first appeared in A New Hope and appear to have some kind of special meaning to Han.

After A New Hope, the dice disappear. They don’t appear in another Star Wars film until The Force Awakens. According to Vanity Fair, “[Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo] Hidalgo says it’s possible the production team simply forgot about them between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.”

Nods To Previous Movies

From the re-enactment of the Battle of Hoth to the Millennium Falcon somersaulting through tunnels, there were plenty of nods to previous Star Wars films. I did like the parallels between Anakin’s fall to the Darkside, his burning of the Jedi Temple and slaughtering of the padawans to Ben Solo’s fall, his burning of Luke’s temple and slaughter of the students. I especially like that the writers didn’t insult us by referring to Luke’s students as “younglings”.

Billie Lourd’s Expanded Role

It was great to see Carrie Fisher’s daughter with an expanded role in a Star Wars tale. While Billie Lourd’s character of Lieutenant Connix was not overly pivotal, it was nice to see the Star Wars tradition of strong female warriors continue.

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She even rocked the hair buns! (probably the first time that sentence was ever uttered)

Foreshadow To The Next Trilogy?

Disney recently announced that The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson will be taking over a new Star Wars trilogy and that it will not be Skywalker focused. Did we see a foreshadow of this new trilogy with the small force sensitive slave boy that helped Finn and Rose escape the stable and watch the falling star at the end?

The Result

At the end, The Last Jedi was very enjoyable and I would love to be able to give it a 5 out of 5 Geeky Daddy Movie Rating, but with all the character flaws and unexplained plot points, I can’t.

The special effects and action sequences were just as spectacular as you’d expect in a Star Wars film. There was a good splash of humor without being silly or distracting (as Thor: Ragnarok sometimes bordered on) and the Porgs were fortunately much more Ewok-ish than Jar Jar Binks-ish. Lil’ G-Man loved them!

From what I have read, the director’s original cut of The Last Jedi ran about 3 hours and Disney ordered it to be cut to 2 hours 30 minutes. From a fiscal point of view, this makes sense as it allows for one more showing per business day at the theaters (more showings = more tickets sold), but did this sacrifice the storytelling at all?

One thing is for sure: When the Director’s Cut gets released (it is Lucasfilm, so you know there are going to be multiple editions), it should be one of the best selling Director’s Cuts of all time!

Overall, I give Star Wars: The Last Jedi a 3.5 out of 5 Geeky Daddy Movie Rating and a Fairly Kid Friendly on the Geeky Daddy Sidekick Scale.

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Lethal Weapon 5 On The Horizon? Aren’t They Were To Old For This $#!T?

Die Hard deservedly gets a lot of publicity as being a great Christmas movie, but Lethal Weapon has always ranked high on my Christmas movie list as well.

Believe it or not, but it has been 19 years since we last sat in a theater and listened to Danny Glover scream “Riggs!” repeatedly in a movie.

That may be changing in the near future as the possibility of a fifth Lethal Weapon appears to be getting closer to a reality.

In a recent Spocklight Star Trek pod cast, producer/director Richard Donner made his intentions about a new installment to the 30-year-old franchise clear.

“It’s a story I came up with Channing Gibson, the writer who wrote (Lethal Weapon), and I’m just having to work it out with the studio. If everybody steps up and we all get together, we’ll make it. Mel (Gibson) and Danny (Glover) are on board. If they don’t… if it doesn’t work out, at least we tried. But there’s a good… a better chance that you’ll see the movie.”

By “Everybody” I assume Donner is referring to Rene Russo, Joe Pesci, Chris Rock and Richard Donner staple Steve Kahan (who has been in 12 Donner movies).

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Even if Donner convinces the rest of the cast to jump on board (which a quick check on their imdb.com pages makes me think shouldn’t be overly difficult), will that be enough to convince the studio that that another Lethal Weapon sequel will turn a profit?

I guess we will soon find out.



John Wick Chapter 3 On Pace For May 17th, 2019 Release!

I liked the intensity of John Wick and loved the action of John Wick Chapter 2. Check out my review of John Wick Chapter 2!

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The success of films such as these and the Wheelman (which if you haven’t checked out yet, you need to) show that extraordinary and profitable action films can still be made for sub nine figure budgets. John Wick Chapter 2 was able to clear $170 million on a $40 million budget.

Warning: Lots of F-bombs in the Wheelman trailer

Well the good times are going to keep on rolling as word from Omega Underground is that John Wick Chapter 3 has begun pre-production. Pre-production obviously means that many details are still being finalized such as casting, props, armory, storyboards and location scouting.

Not much is known about the script for the third installment yet other than writer Derak Kolstad has returned to complete the trilogy and star Keanu Reeves has hinted at several international locations that may be included, including Jerusalem and Tokyo.

Kolstad has also announced that he is working on a television series to be based on the hotel of the world’s greatest assassins: The Continental Hotel 

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My Wife Forced Me To Watch ‘A Christmas Prince’ And I Am Still Recovering

Warning: Spoiler Alert (Just Kidding – the script is so predictable there’s literally nothing spoilable)

My wife is a huge fan of cheesy Christmas movies..for reasons that continue to elude me a decade into our relationship.

As per our usual holiday agreement, I agreed to watch at least one Christmas movie with her not named Christmas Vacation, Die Hard or Lethal Weapon.

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This year, my wife heard that the cheesiest of the cheesy ones to watch is Netflix’s A Christmas Prince. We are about 30 minutes into this Christmas Crap-tastrophy and I can’t take much more.

A quick Google search and I found out the Buzzfeed thinks “A Christmas Prince is simultaneously the best and worst thing Netflix has ever produced.” So far I am thinking the latter of the two is more accurate than the first.

A Christmas Prince is an amalgam of every cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie I have been forced to endure over the past ten years wrapped up in one predictable, horribly acted package. It does star Rose McIver who I really enjoyed as the uber pale Liv Moore on CW’s IZombie.

The film starts off with the tons of stock footage of Christmas in New York City such as ice skating in front of the tree in Rockefeller Center and Christmas lights all round various New York City landmarks. The film then cuts straight to what I am pretty sure is the Chicago Tribune building (?) where we meet our heroine: Amber.

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Amber is a struggling newspaper journalist (which is actually the most believable part of the story) and is complaining to her under-developed co-worker characters (the stock gay friend and the sassy female black friend) about her mean boss and 5 rejection letters. Wouldn’t rejection letters be received over email by media professionals nowadays?

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But Amber gets the opportunity of a lifetime when her publisher sends her to the fictional country of Aldovia, which I guess we are supposed to assume lies somewhere between Maldovia and Albania, to break a tabloid story about the playboy prince who soon will become king.

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“I never noticed you before but now that you have a strapless dress and a lot of eye make-up, I can’t take my eyes off of you.”

Amber has no trouble assuming the identity of the handicapped 12-year-old princess’s tutor and sneaking into the least secured and poorly guarded royal palace in all of Europe. Here we meet the rest of the ensemble cast of retreaded Christmas characters.

Enter all the stereo typical characters that we are familiar with seeing annually on Hallmark Channel. The Prince is of course a loyal, honest, charitable man who is misunderstood by the press. The conniving 2nd-in-line to the throne cousin who desires nothing more than to one day become king. The prince’s title obsessed ex-girlfriend who happens to lock lips with the prince while Amber catches a timely misunderstood glimpse of the embrace.

His mother, Queen Helena (Alice Krige), is a cold queen with ice in her veins (until she warms up to our heroine). She is also the one cast member I recognized from her portrayal as the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact.

The 63-year-old queen is also the mother of the 12-year-old princess, which apparently makes her birth a Christmas miracle?

And remember Amber’s 5 rejection letters? As Twitter user Emily Black Favreau noted in a screenshot of Amber’s computer from the movie, Amber may have been rejected simply because she is a horrible journalist:

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“Have to find out!!” and “I have to dig deeper” are not exactly bullet points a reporter needs in her notes. And why does the bottom of her screen say “0 words”? I see around 50 on her screen? What crap version of Microsoft Word is she using anyway?

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Sometime between Amber befriending the Tiny Tim-esque Princess Emily and me waking up from my nap induced by the whimsical musical score, the cousin’s dastardly evil plot to assume the throne had been exposed by our heroine and the kingdom of Aldovia, the prince’s throne and Christmas are all saved.

Basically, the only reason to subject yourself to this Abu Ghaib level torture of a film would be if you are in the doghouse with your spouse or you need to bank some brownie points because you have done something that will soon land you in that doghouse.

Side Note: Also, how come the weather in all these Christmas movies calls for overcoats and scarves but no gloves? Exactly what temperature is that?

In the end, I would rate this around a 1.5 on the Geeky Daddy Movie Review Scale and a Kid Friendly on the Geeky Daddy Sidekick Safe Scale.

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Geeky Daddy’s Top Ten (And Bottom 5) Choices To Win The Hollywood’s ‘Battle For The Cowl’ To Play Batman

With the news that Ben Affleck will no longer donning the Cowl as Batman for any future films, fans everywhere are clamoring for any information on who will win the Hollywood Battle For The Cowl!

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Word is director Matt Reeves already has his favorite choice in mind: Jake Gyllenhaal.

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“Wayne, Bruce Wayne.”

Gyllenhaal is an interesting choice and probably more likely to receive some serious consideration this time around than he did previously.  He was in the running for Batman Begins, which he lost to Christian Bale and his raspy voice, but now has the successes of End of Watch and Nightcrawler padding his resume.

Rumor mill has it that Warner Brothers is exploring the idea of having a series of stand alone Batman movies as opposed to one long, continuous story arc spanning multiple movies. This could help open up more casting possibilities who otherwise wouldn’t want to be attached to a long-term, multi-film contract.

Stand alone movies also opens the possibility for multiple genres of Batman films: A horror film stalking the Scarecrow, a detective movie matching wits against the Riddler, an action film vs. Killer Croc (preferably not the one from Suicide Squad), a comedy with Clayface and so on.

Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top Ten Bruce Wayne/Batman casting ideas:

TOP TEN Batmen

Tom Ellis

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The first “Tom” on our list is already playing a character from the DC Universe, Lucifer, on the Fox television series (not so ironically called) Lucifer! Tom Ellis plays the fallen angel with a charisma that could easily transfer into Gotham city’s favorite billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.

Tom Hiddleston

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Obviously this is extremely unlikely to happen since Tom Hiddleston currently has a multi-film deal with Marvel. Hiddleston has literally stolen every scene he has appeared in throughout his Marvel career as Thor’s brother Loki, the Norse God of Mischief.

After appearing in the entertaining made for television mini-series The Night Manager, Hiddleston is now a serious consideration to sign another multi-film franchise deal as the new James Bond.

I don’t think any actor can handle three franchise deals at the same time, except of course Dwayne Johnson.

Brett Dalton

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Known mostly for playing the (overly played out) role of Grant Ward on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brett Dalton has the super hero look and chin to fill out the Dark Knight’s cowl.

Luke Evans

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Known for many roles such as Jason Statham’s little brother Owen Shaw in the Fast & The Furious franchise, Bard in the Hobbit movies and as Gaston in 2017’s Beauty & The Beast movie, Luke Evans has one of the most important traits necessary to pull off a truly convincing Batman: a cool voice! It is raspy without the over the top gravelly Vin Diesel impersonation Christian Bale attempted.

Justin Gordon Levitt

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Last we saw Christopher Nolan casting staple Justin Gordon Levitt in the Batman-verse was when he inherited the Batcave from the believed-to-be deceased Bruce Wayne at the end of The Dark Night Rises. While I would love to see something done with Levitt in the Batman role, I wonder if audiences would find it to confusing seeing him cast as Bruce Wayne.

Jensen Ackles

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Jensen Ackles has cultivated an incredible following since staring in the CW program Supernatural, which is currently in its 13th season! He is also somewhat familiar with the Batman world having provided the voice for Jason Todd in my favorite animated super-hero movie of all time – Batman: Under The Red Hood.

Casting Ackles could be a great way for Warner Brothers to sell some Batman tickets to the female market ages 18-40.

Matt Bomer

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Who else was a fan of USA Network’s White Collar? I thought that show was very well written and casted. My wife was a huge fan of Matt Bomer on White Collar as well. This picture pretty much sums up why. She could watch his scenes with the TV on mute and enjoyed them just as much.

Ryan Gosling

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“Hey girl, I’m Batman.”

Speaking of men my wife likes more than me, star of Blade Runner Runner 2049 and women’s favorite memes all over Facebook, Ryan Gosling would also have the physique, presence and acting chops to pull off billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.

Karl Urban

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More of an unconventional choice, Karl Urban personifies how I picture the aged, reclusive and disgruntled Batman of Frank Millers Return Of The Dark Knight comic mini-series. Closer to the age of 50 with a male version of ‘resting bitch face’, Urban has that ‘I hate everybody” presence about him and could easily be seen threatening those damn kids at the front of Wayne Manor to get off his lawn!

Nathan Fillion

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Ten years ago or shortly off his stint as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, Nathan Fillion probably would have been my first choice as the world’s greatest detective. Fillion showed a diverse range of emotion as an actor on Firefly and Castle and could successfully take Bruce Wayne in a comedic, action or dramatic direction.

It would have been cool to see him cast opposite fellow Firefly veteran Alan Tudyk as a goofy villain such as Mad Hatter, Joker or Ventriloquist.

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Alan Tudyk as Bruce Wayne’s cousin Van Wayne on Powerless.

Manu Bennett

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Again, probably ten years too late, CW’s Deathstroke, Manu Bennett, could pull off an interesting aged and embittered Batman.

Bottom Five You Wouldn’t Want to See As Batman

SETH MACFARLANE

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As Batman, this would be taking the caped crusader just too far down the comedic route for me. And who would the villain be? A resurrected Caesar Romero Joker?

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The painted over mustache was always the best.

However, in a supporting role, Seth MacFarlane could be a fun choice. Perhaps Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend and later adversary Dr. Thomas Elliot / Hush or fellow billionaire hero Ted Kord / Blue Beetle.

Side Note: Anybody else think The Orville is rather hit or miss? Some episodes are funny and thought provoking but others seem like poorly written Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction.

JIM PARSONS

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It would be interesting to see Jim Parsons outside of his hit television series Big Bang Theory but I just can’t see him patrolling crime alley. I could, however, see him as one of the deranged patients inside Arkam Asylum.

His experience portraying Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s obsessive compulsive disorder and eidetic memory could be put to use as an unbalanced Mad Hatter or Riddler.

ROWAN ATKINSON

Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean would undoubtably make the world’s worst Dark Knight of all time. I can already picture him attempting to subdue a perp with his Batarang and just nailing himself in the crotch.

If Warner Brothers does decide to lighten up the Batman universe however, Rowan Atkinson could pull off a very convincing Alfred Pennyworth.

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON (AKA Franchise Viagra)

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I am not sure if it is California law that any film project with a budget north of $100 million needs to have Dwayne Johnson‘s name attached to it, but it seems like they all do.

If ‘The Rock’ wants to expand his acting horizons and take on a villain role ( a la Arnold schwarzenegger in Terminator) I think he would make an awesome Killer Croc!

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KEVIN SMITH

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I am okay with Kevin Smith writing the script for a new Batman film, but that would be about it.

Will David S. Goyer Be Directing the Next He-Man & The Masters Of the Universe Movie?

Most of us remember (whether we want to or not) the horrible turd-blossom of a Masters of the Universe movie that was unfortunately defecated upon the Earth in 1987.

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In that convoluted mess of a story, He-man and his friends came to Earth to team up with future Friends star Courtney Cox to battle Skeletor and his Star Wars inspired army over a space accordion that opened doors to other worlds by way of horrible synthesized 80’s music. (I didn’t make any of that up)

Which does make you wonder what dimension of hell a Flock Of Seagulls album would open a door to…

Anyway, lots of names have been circling around Mattel’s Masters Of The Universe reboot over the past couple of years.

Especially since a mysterious tweet last April appeared to confirm a release date.

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Now, according to CBR.com, talented Dark Knight trilogy screen writer David S. Goyer has entered into negotiations with Sony to direct the popular mid 80’s Mattel property.

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This would be a terrific hire for Sony, who has been attempting to get a Masters of the Universe project off the ground for nearly a decade. Previous names attached to the project included Charlie’s Angels director McG (who stepped aside earlier this year) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu.

David S. Goyer’s impressive resume includes screenwriting for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, as well directing Blade: Trinity in 2004.

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No word yet on any casting choices for our favorite Prince of Eternia. At one time there was a rumor circulating of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson having his name attached to the project, but I think there has been a rumor of his name being attached to every single other project that comes out of Hollywood as well.

Just so long as Dolph Lundgren is not allowed anywhere near the set.

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“Dammit Dolph, don’t you dare come near another movie set again! Ever!”

Although I would be open to James Tolkan reprising his role of fiery detective Lubic!

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“Hey! This Sucks!”
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Costumes available on Amazon.com!

Regal Cinemas To Test New Dynamic Demand-Based Ticket Pricing.

This is an interesting concept that may mean higher ticket prices for super-hero based blockbuster movies.

Currently, movie cinemas charge the movie goer a flat price point for a movie regardless of whether the film is $100 million dollar blockbuster, a $15 million dollar independent film, a huge financial success or a financial “flop.”  Ticket prices my vary by showtime or discounts such as student or senior citizen, but these discounts are not movie specific.

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According to Bloomberg, early next year, Regal Cinemas (the nation’s second largest movie theater chain) plans to test a new dynamic demand based pricing system in select markets. The idea is to charge more for popular films and less for unpopular ones. The hope is that this will increase the total number of movie goers (i.e popcorn purchasers)

The recent trend of decreased ticket sales is an industry wide problem over the past few years. There are multiple reasons for this decline, such as the lack of original movies coming out of Hollywood and the increase in home movie services such as Amazon Prime. This demand based pricing system probably won’t be the only new model tried over the next couple years.

What remains to be determined is how Regal Cinemas, the nation’s second largest movie theater chain, will determine what constitutes a “blockbuster” vs. a “flop.” Will the pricing be based simply on the feature film’s anticipated popularity? Will they wait till after opening weekend to evaluate ticket sales and determine whether to increase or decrease prices at that time? Will they rely on Rotten Tomato scores? How about Geeky Daddy Movie Review scores?

Based on simply budget, the recent release Geostorm should have been a “blockbuster” but based on ticket sales, it was surely a “flop”.

Obviously, movie theater profitability is much more dependent on the movie goers purchasing 85 ozs of Coke and a tube of popcorn for $19 than the ticket price itself.

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“I hope I don’t have to pee during the movie.”

Industry experts are split on whether this new dynamic ticket pricing system will work or not. The main factor is going to be how many potential concession buyers Regal loses because they opt to see the more popular movies (such as Marvel or Star Wars films) at competing theaters. Less butts in the seats mean less chances to sell $8 packs of Rasinets.



An interesting study would be to analyze how much an independent movie goer spends on concessions vs. the loss of the high budget movie goer. Who spends more on snacks?

Obviously not ever Avengers: Infinity War fan is going to go elsewhere to view the movie. Factors like proximity of other theaters, overall movie going experience, theater sound quality and so on play a role in where potential customers will go to view their favorite new movies.

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But if enough blockbuster movie goers see the popular films elsewhere and only the less expensive movies at Regal, this new system could have a huge negative impact for the theater chain. Which would probably lead to even more of the annoying in theater advertising.

Side note: As of now, Regal still has no plans to partner with MoviePass, the $10 monthly subscription service for once-a-day movie going.