Episode #14 – Too Many Cooks!

This week on the podcast, we go mano a mano with Captain America: Civil War (SPOILERS @ 1:15:15-ish). But first, the news!

  • Space Jam 2: Space Jammier 
  • Jekyll & Hyde like actor Russell Crowe to play Jekyll & Hyde like character in Mummy reboot
  • Scorsese’s The Irishman coming together
  • Is Adam McKay Irredeemable?
  • Who will be the new Han Solo?
  • Blade Runner 2 casting
  • Power Ranger suits revealed
  • Lots of TV pilot news/speculation/renewals
  • Animated Blue Brothers?
  • The return of Suits
  • Is Supergirl flying away from CBS?
  • How much money has The Legal Proceeding made, and who’s actually running things over there?
  • The New Mutants lineup confirmed?
  • The next X-Men movie to be set in the ’90’s?
  • Wolverine 3 casting
  • And a whole bunch of MCU updates (CIVIL WAR SPOILERS @ 1:15:15-ish)

All that plus the usual tangents. As always, please check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/hollywoodpicturenews and, on Twitter, @HWPicNews.

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Weekend Watch – 5/6/16

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


Captain America: Civil War

Loren: It’s going to be hard to top this one this week. I feel like I’ve been waiting for it for ever, and as I mentioned in last weeks Podcast (check out our podcast!) I’m more excited for this than I was Age of Ultron.

RDT: What Loren said (especially the “check out our podcast!” part).

Rick: Summer movie season is officially upon us, and I could not be happier than having this as the opening act.

A Bigger Splash

Loren: There’s clearly some darkness there which could make this interesting and not just “poor rich people” but I’m not sure this movie is for me. The two leads are pretty tremendous though.

RDT: Tilda Swinton is a freaking chameleon. I had no idea that was her as Amy Shumer’s boss in Trainwreck. This looks interesting. I’m sure I’ll see it eventually.

Rick: I hate the music in this trailer. It’s way too cheerful for the subject matter. Nitpicking aside, I’ll definitely catch this.

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The Mother of Summer Sleeper Movies – Bad Moms Trailer

Hey everyone, for our Bad Moms trailer breakdown, we’ve brought in a guest contributor. So let me introduce you to resident HPN “bad mom” (but not “bad” mom), Jen.

Hello Readers,

I’m Jen, friend and fan of the Hollywood Picture News (as in “Jen really wants me to watch Twin Peaks”). I’m here to talk to you about the trailer for what is sure to be this summer’s “girls night out” hit, Bad Moms.

First off I’d apologize for the lateness of this post (the trailer was released a few days ago). Between conference calls, cleaning up toys, and cooking dinner, timing was a challenge. But I took a cue from these “Bad Moms,” gave my toddler some Benadryl, handed the laundry to my husband, poured myself a bourbon, and here I am…

First thing to note, this is a Red Band trailer. It’s NSFW and certainly not safe to listen to without headphones around a 2-year old (NSTLTWHAA2YO). I appreciate the ovaries this marketing team has to lead off with a red band, immediately setting it apart from the likes of bland mother-loving (not that kind of mother-loving) comedies like Mother’s Day, the latest addition to the GMCU (Garry Marshall Cinematic Universe)

The trailer hits the standard setup notes for your traditional snobs v. slobs comedy, with Mila Kunis as the put-upon every-mom struggling to live up to upper-middle-class society’s rigorous expectations of working mothers. Christina Applegate and Jada Pinkett Smith represent the “Omega House,” if you will, of moms who likely make their own GMO-free baby food from scratch, sew their children’s own Halloween costumes, and don’t give their kids Benadryl to get them to sleep.

Kunis’s character, Amy, reaches her breaking point when Applegate hands out the over-the-top restrictions for the PTA’s bake sale. She finally speaks up about the challenges of being the “perfect mom” and wins over two comrades to her cause in the form of a mousy Kristen Bell (as mousy as Veronica Mars can possibly be, anyway) and Kathryn Hahn, literally one of the funniest people on the planet.

From there, the moms are in full-on Delta House mode, drinking, driving a motorized shopping cart without visible injury, wasting cereal, bringing store-bought, gluten-filled desserts to the bake sale, and engaging in a raucous house party featuring girl-on-girl make outs, whip-its, and a third-trimester dancing queen.

There’s a clear female-bonding angle here with the final three glimpses of the film. First, the scene that ensured that 15 of my hard-earned dollars will end up in the Kunis/Kutcher baby college fund: the mom bra. Kunis reveals her utilitarian undergarment to her pals and they are merciless. “You’ve got a very ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ thing happening right now,” says Bell, causing me to pause the trailer a full 15 seconds till I’ve sufficiently finished laughing.

This is followed by some graphic, and hilarious, sex talk from Kristen Bell regarding her “never hard husband” (in the movie, that is; in real life, I’m sure Dax Shepard gets hard at the drop of a hat) that earns this trailer its raunch-movie cred.

The trailer wraps with a familiar scene to many a mom, as each woman describes the terrible things their child does while crying about how much they love them.

All-in-all I’m sold on Bad Moms, but I am 100% the target audience. My husband chuckled exactly once while watching it over my shoulder, so some word of mouth might be needed. But I’ve already got a date with some mom friends to drink heavily and see this movie and it doesn’t open for another two months. The success of female-driven comedies (ugh I hat writing that phrase) is no longer a one-off situation, just ask Melissa McCarthy’s on-site personal masseuse. These movies make money. What sets this one apart is tying the idea of “motherhood” into the mix of traditional bro-comedy antics. The success of blogs like “Scary Mommy” say that there are a lot of members of the target audience out there, but I’m curious to see how this crosses over.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a diaper to change, thank you notes to write, and several talent agreements to proofread.

From North Hollywood,


A Few Words On Fox’s “Gotham”

About a year and a half ago Fox premiered Gotham, a prequel of sorts telling the story of Jim Gordon and the City of Gotham before the Batman. This of course went almost immediately off the rails and became about Batman’s rogues with no actual Batman in sight.

A few days after the pilot aired I felt almost compelled to write out my feelings about it and after hearing what’s been happening this season with Hugo Strange, the Rogues, and the Waynes, it seems that things have changed. Sadly for the worse. So here are my Few Words on Fox’s Gotham:

A day after Gotham premiered on Fox I fired up the old DVR and checked out the much anticipated Pilot. I had shied away from early screening and day after reviews, wanting to get my own take on the show before having my judgement clouded. For the most part it was right down the middle for me. For every good there was an equally opposite bad. Every “awesome!” moment, had a “really?” moment.

First the good. Donal Logue and Ryan Atwood (He’ll always be Ryan Atwood, you can’t win this argument with me) shine as Detectives Harvey Bullock and Jim Gordon. Donal Logue is always amazing and plays the scumbag with a heart of gold so well. The physical set pieces are pretty outstanding. Fish Mooney’s Burlesque Club looked great and Gotham Central was downright gorgeous. Robin Taylor plays a fledgling mobster and soon to be Penguin very well with just the right amount of creepy and sinisterness that the character should be. And that’s kinda it. Those were the only things that stood out to me. The Bruce Wayne/Gordon/Alfred interactions were all pretty ok. And Gordon going against the dirty/dickish cops in Gotham Central was fine, but nothing was “Holy Shit!” amazing.

Now the bad. First things first, why the hell did you need to introduce SO MANY of Batman’s rogues gallery in the pilot. It was completely unnecessary and honestly took my out of the story every time they shoe horned another rogue on screen. I counted four rogues, one major crime boss and what I think might be the shows way of getting Batman’s most famous adversary onto the show by season’s end. As I said earlier I liked how they did Penguin, totally fine with that, but I’m not sure about a 14 year old Catwoman. I’m really not sure about them having her witness the show (and Batman’s) inciting incident where <Spoilers> Thomas and Martha Wayne are brutally murdered in front of Bruce, bringing James Gordon onto the case and starting Bruce down the path of becoming Batman </Spoilers>. Also, and this is from a completely nerdy comic book fan standpoint but, I never pictured Selina older than Bruce. I don’t know why but that totally bothers me. The two characters that win the most shoehorned rogue in Gotham’s pilot award are Edward Nygma and Ivy Pepper . Nygma (soon to be The Riddler) being the forensics guy for the GCPD is ok, I guess, but he certainly didn’t need to show up in the already crowded Pilot. Then there’s little Ivy Pepper, who the show ham-fistedly pushes on us that she’ll grow up to be Poison Ivy because she’s a redhead, that likes plants and now hates cops. A few questions: One) why? Two) why? Three) That’s not her name Four) why? This was the absolutely least necessary character to be put into this pilot and I’m really confused why she couldn’t be Pamela Isley. If you want to bring other Bat-villains into the show for some reason at least have a real reason for them to show up. Not just lazy easter eggs.  This brings us to the point in the show that I actually had to pause the DVR and say “really?” out loud. There’s a scene towards the end of the episode where Mooney is auditioning(?) a stand up comic in her club while she eats and is on the phone with her lackeys. I’ll eat my DC Direct Batman hat if we don’t have a nameless comic in a purple suit who cackles at his own jokes about murder and grumbles to himself when he’s inevitably ushered off the stage. If there’s one rogue we don’t need in this iteration of Gotham it’s the Joker. That’s Batman’s guy and really shouldn’t even show up until Batman has made his first real appearance.

There’s some clunky dialogue, bad CGI cityscapes and strange character entanglements, like Jim’s fiancé Barbara being former lovers with GCPD Major Crimes Detective Montoya. (Speaking of Barbara I gotta imagine she doesn’t survive this show, right? That’s why he names his daughter Barbara) But overall I’ll give Gotham a shot. I have to hope that they turn down the Batman and turn up the Gotham Central. The show really needs to be about Gotham City and the trials and tribulations that Jim Gordon goes through being the only good cop in the country’s roughest city. If we get more of that, Gotham could be an amazing show, possibly topping Arrow as the best DC property on TV. Aw man that’s totally not going to happen is it? We’re gonna get a DC’d version of Cop Rock aren’t we. Shit.

Well it isn’t Cop Rock  but it sure isn’t some amazing version of Gotham Central either. I can’t really conceive how this show got worse, but there we have it. I was half on board after the pilot, fully out by episode 8ish, and now in season 3 completely mistified as to how this show is still a thing. I don’t usually subscribe to the whole “this thing is ruining my childhood” mindset, but god damnit Gotham you are aren’t helping.

From Hollywood,


Episode #13 – What’s next for the MCU?

This week on the podcast, we talk Marvel Cinematic Universe and what we think could, should and will happen next (no Civil War spoilers, though. Promise!). But first, the news!

  • Mads Mikkelsen’s Star Wars:Rogue One character revealed by…Mads Mikkelsen
  • Huntsman: Winter’s War huge bomb for Universal
  • Dark Tower casting
  • Tomb Raider reboot casting
  • Blade Runner 2 casting
  • Zombieland 2 confirmed….?
  • First image from Alien: Covenant
  • Fox passes on San Diego Comic-Con
  • SNL cuts 30% of their ad time
  • Danger Mouse heads to Netflix
  • Wet Hot American Summer heads back to Netflix
  • Fox to spend another day with 24
  • John Krasinski is your new(est)Jack Ryan
  • Sylvester Stallone coming to TV, but not as who you might think
  • A whole bunch of TV renewal/cancellation theories
  • Clickbait headline about Nathan Fillion joining the MCU
  • Who controls Spider-Man: Homecoming?
  • Jon Favreau coming back to the MCU
  • Punisher series confirmed
  • Bryan Singer talks about “that” reveal in the latest X-Men: Apocalypse trailer
  • The Killing Joke trailer debuts
  • Extended cut of BvS:DoJ (aka “The Legal Proceeding”) confirmed
  • Various directors rumored to be having issues with Warner Bros. over DCEU (with one confirmed departure)

Here’s the link to the video of Allison Janney crashing a recent White House press briefing.

All that plus the usual tangents. As always,please check us out at facebook.com/hollywoodpicturenews and, on Twitter, @HWPicNews.

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You Got Your Ghost in My…Other Ghost? – “The Ring vs. The Grudge” Trailer

It looks like the “Famous Character vs. Other Famous Character” trend has made its way to Japan.  Although, to be fair, if you put the Godzilla franchise in the mix the Japanese have been doing it longer than anyone. Regardless, we now have another franchise mashup: The Ring vs. The Grudge (Sadako vs. Kayako).

Tallying it up, this marks the twelfth entry in both series. Considering those numbers, Sadako vs. Kayako is basically the Japanese equivalent of Freddy vs. Jason. Not sure that there was as great a demand for this pairing as the former, but just based on the sheer amount of films in each series this seems to be the next logical step. At least they haven’t set them in space. Yet…

Ringu (and its US remake) kicked off the J-Horror boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s. Of its many imitators, the original Ju-On (The Grudge) was one of the best. Do their antagonists really need to meet and throw down? I’m not sure, but it’s happening. Frankly, based on this trailer, it looks like the filmmakers didn’t skimp on what made those originals so unsettling to begin with. Give it a watch and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

*Side note – I totally want the Kitan Club edge-of-cup figures advertised at the end of the trailer.

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From Studio City,