21 Bridges Trailer: Chadwick Boseman is a Detective on a Mission

Chadwick Boseman plays an NYPD detective on a manhunt to find a pair of highly-trained criminals (and cop killers) in the trailer for 21 Bridges. While he’s best known for playing Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days, Boseman has led a long and decorated careeer as a character actor over the years. Among his better known non-superhero roles to date are his performances as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall in their recent memoirs, in addition to his work in genre fare like Draft Day and Message from the King.

In recent months, Boseman has signed on for Da 5 Bloods, a Vietnam War veteran drama that Spike Lee is directing for Netflix. He’s also expected to reunite with Ryan Coogler for Black Panther 2, after T’Challa is (presumably) un-dusted in this week’s Avengers: Endgame. Before then, however, Boseman will reunite with Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo on another project altogether.

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The Russos are producing this summer’s 21 Bridges, which Boseman is headlining for STX. Directed by Brian Kirk (Luther, Game of Thrones) from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan (Deepwater Horizon) and Adam Mervis (The Philly Kid), 21 Bridges stars Boseman as Andre Davis, an NYPD officer who was only a boy when his father – a cop himself – was gunned down in the line of duty. When two men kill several cops during a shootout on Manhattan Island, Davis quickly moves to shut the island down and catch them before it opens up again. For more, watch the trailer below.

Much like the 21 Bridges footage shown at CinemaCon, the trailer offers a quick look at the film’s many noteworthy actors, including Keith David, Sienna Miller, and J.K. Simmons. Taylor Kitsch and If Beale Street Could Talk‘s Stephan James also show up here as the two gunmen in question, who come to realize that the job they were hired for is part of a much bigger and more dangerous conspiracy than they thought. Indeed, the trailer nods to the idea that Andre’s decision to close off Manhattan Island for a few hours (including, yes, the twenty-one bridges connecting it to the rest of New York) could have an enormous impact on the stock market, among other things.

By the look of things, 21 Bridges has the makings of a lean, mean, and well-acted piece of genre fare. The film doesn’t really seem to break the mold for this sort of crime-thriller and hits on a lot of the expected tropes, but its hard-boiled dialogue and action appear to be in safe hands here. It also doubles as a showcase for Boseman and should allow the actor to flex his acting chops once again, much like he has to great success in his previous leading roles (non-MCU and Marvel related alike). As a change of pace from the summer’s big, splashy blockbusters, 21 Bridges may yet do the trick.

NEXT: 2019 Summer Movie Preview – The 20 Films to See

Source: STX

2019-04-25 06:04:05

Sandy Schaefer

True Detective Pikachu Crossover Video Is Terrifying Nightmare Fuel

A new fan made video creates a crossover between Detective Pikachu and True Detective, and it is pure nightmare fuel. Detective Pikachu will be the first ever live-action Pokémon movie, featuring the fan favorite electric pocket monster. True Detective, on the other hand, is the hit HBO series that stands as an anthology crime drama.

Each season of True Detective focuses on a different story and a different set of characters, but when the show premiered in 2014, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the leads chosen for the show. Detective Pikachu also has a big star attached to the project, with Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu. As mentioned above, Detective Pikachu will be a live-action movie, but also feature CGI Pokémon characters. Longtime fans of Pokémon seem to be pretty happy with look of the CGI characters in Detective Pikachu, but this fan made video went in a different, terrifying route.

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Sam & Bill Comedy posted their video to YouTube which mashes together the storyline from True Detective season 1 with characters from the Pokémon universe. In the video, Pikachu is supposed to be McConaughey’s character Rust Cohle, while Ash Ketchum takes the spot of Harrelson’s Marty Hart. The video features multiple Pokémon characters like Team Rocket’s James, Misty, and Officer Jenny, while also including a handful of Pokémon like Wartortle, Vulpix, and Meowth. The Pokémon references don’t stop there either, with the trailer ending on the iconic line, “We gotta catch ’em all“. The full video can be seen below.

While the characters are only from the Pokémon universe, the video is still pulling elements from True Detective as well. For starters, Tommy Kang, who plays Pikachu, has a very realistic McConaughey impression. Also, the way the video is put together is made to resemble the cinematography and visual effects of True Detective. The video even ends with credits that closely resemble the style of True Detective’s intro.

Many YouTubers who make trailer mashups usually just combine audio and video from two different movies, much like somebody did with that Detective Deadpool parody trailer. These guys, however, went above and beyond to create a short video for their production company, Bad Duck Media. The makeup for the Pokémon characters really is terrifying, but that was probably part of the video’s humor. This mashup is no doubt a clever idea, but if nothing else, it will keep fans amused while they wait for Detective Pikachu to be released.

More: Detective Pikachu ‘Screen Tests’ Feature More Pokémon, Tickets On Sale

Source: Sam & Bill Comedy

2019-04-20 07:04:28

Christopher Fiduccia

Detective Pikachu Filmmakers Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice for Pikachu

The filmmakers behind Detective Pikachu have admitted that they tested Danny DeVito’s voice for Pikachu early on in the movie’s development. While Pokémon fever largely peaked in the U.S. in the late 1990s and early ’00s, it enjoyed a resurgence in popularity three years ago thanks to the augmented reality game Pokémon GO. Looking to tap into the fresh demand for all things Poke-related, Legendary Pictures got the ball rolling on a live-action/CGI film adaptation shortly after. The movie in question, Detective Pikachu, went into production last year and is shaping up to be one of 2019’s more unusual (in a good way) blockbusters, when it arrives this May.

Detective Pikachu itself is technically an adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS spinoff game that released in Japan in 2016, before it went worldwide last year. The original game portrayed its titular character as something of an old grouchy man trapped in an adorable Pokémon’s body, complete with a Japanese voice actor who delivered Pikachu’s lines in a fairly rough, yet high-energy fashion. It wasn’t long before more and more fans started to point out that DeVito of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame (among too many other TV shows and movies to list here) would be the perfect choice for the character’s voice in an english-language film. Indeed, some went so far as to campaign online for Legendary and Warner Bros. to cast DeVito in their movie adaptation.

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As those reading this are no doubt aware, that didn’t happen and Ryan Reynolds later signed on to voice Detective Pikachu‘s namesake, instead. Nevertheless, it’s come to light that the movie’s creatives did test DeVito’s voice for the character, early on in pre-production. Here’s what the film’s VFX producer Greg Baxter told Game Informer, on the subject.

“It was really very funny, so I couldn’t speak to all the reasons why it wasn’t Danny DeVito cast. I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes about, we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.”

While it seemed to take most people a moment to adjust to Reynolds’ voice coming out of Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu trailers, an increasing number of fans now appear to agree that he was an inspired pick for the role. The film’s version of the character may not have his video game counterpart’s gruff voice, but he’s certainly just as energetic and definitely shares his need for (addiction to?) coffee. Reynolds is also a bigger draw at the box office than DeVito these days (even when he’s not playing Deadpool), so there’s a good chance that this was another factor in the decision to cast him. He was even included on a Detective Pikachu voice actor wishlist early on during the film’s development, along with similarly big names like Dwayne Johnson and Hugh Jackman.

Still, Reynolds is starting to feel more and more like appropriate casting for Detective Pikachu, so it all worked out in the end. Similarly, by not signing on DeVito, the film’s producers freed the actor up to go work on several other 2019 releases instead, including this month’s Dumbo remake, Disney’s The One and Only Ivan adaptation, and this December’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. Detective Pikachu producer Cale Boyter also informed GI that Reynolds’ casting will make more sense once everyone learns “where [the movie’s] story goes and how it evolves”, which is an intriguing tease in and of itself.

MORE: Every Live-Action Pokémon In The New Detective Pikachu Trailer

Source: Game Informer

2019-03-18 03:03:43

Sandy Schaefer

POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU Trailer # 2 (NEW 2019) Mewtwo Movie HD

POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU Trailer # 2 (NEW 2019) Mewtwo Movie HD
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POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU “Bulbasaur + Lickitung” Trailer (2019) Action Movie HD

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Detective Pikachu Sequel Already In The Works From 22 Jump Street Writer

Detective Pikachu Taxi Cab

A sequel to Detective Pikachu is already in the works with 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel onboard to write the script. Positioned as one of Warner Bros.’ major tentpoles for the summer, Detective Pikachu has been steadily generating buzz since the first trailer debuted late last year. Fans are excited to see the world of Pokémon finally come to live-action, and the casting of Ryan Reynolds as the titular fast-talking sleuth gives it some extra star power to boot. Combining noir elements with all the possibilities of the Pokémon franchise, the movie certainly has an opportunity to be one of 2019’s most unique offerings.

The Pokémon brand remains as popular as ever, with a resurgence boosted by the success of mobile game Pokémon GO in 2016. Since there remains significant interest in fresh content from the franchise, it stood reason to believe WB and Legendary Pictures were hoping Detective Pikachu could be the start of a new movie series. As it turns out, that’s precisely the case, and the wheels are now in motion for a sequel to the upcoming live-action/animation hybrid.

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According to THR, Legendary has pegged Uziel to write a Detective Pikachu 2 script. Since the project is in the earliest stages of development, no other information was available at this time.

Charizard in Detective Pikachu

As of this writing, Detective Pikachu is still more than three months away from hitting theaters, so it’s a major vote of confidence in the movie that the studio is developing the followup now. In some cases, executives like to wait and see what they have before forging ahead on franchise plans, just in case a title doesn’t live up to commercial or critical expectations. But apparently, Legendary higher-ups love what director Rob Letterman delivered and want to stay in the Pokémon business. Obviously, it’s unknown what directions the sequel’s story could take, but it in all likelihood would involve everyone’s favorite crime-solving Pokémon teaming up with his human partner to solve a new case. Detective Pikachu marketing has played up the burgeoning friendship between Pikachu and Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), so it would be a shame if that dynamic wasn’t further explored in the next movie.

Detective Pikachu arrives at the multiplex two weeks after Avengers: Endgame, putting it in an ideal position to thrive during its box office run. Summer is always a competitive time of the year for ticket sales, but WB smartly positioned Pikachu, giving it a small cushion before Aladdin and Godzilla: King of the Monsters open at the end of May. It should have ample time to turn a healthy profit for the studio, especially when one considers the property’s global appeal. With the future of Deadpool up in the air due to the Disney/Fox acquisition, perhaps Detective Pikachu can become Reynolds’ meal ticket for the next few years.

More: Every Pokémon Confirmed for Detective Pikachu

Source: THR

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2019-01-25 01:01:22

True Detective: 10 Facts About Season Three’s Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali is now playing the lead character in the third season of True Detective, but who exactly is this buzz-worthy new addition to the show? If his face seems familiar, that’s probably because it is; Ali has already starred in Green Book, MoonlightHouse of Cards, and much more, so this isn’t exactly his first rodeo. Although his True Detective role was originally intended for a white actor, Ali convinced the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, to let him take a crack at it and we’re so glad he did. Mahershala has been a successful actor for years, but many people still know next to nothing about him (and can barely pronounce his name). Here are 10 interesting facts about True Detective season three’s lead, Mahershala Ali.

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10. His Name Is Even Longer Than You Think

I know, I know, how could it possibly get any longer? Believe it or not, Mahershala’s mother gave him the longest name in the Bible: Mahershalalhashbaz. That’s quite a mouthful for an actor (or anyone, really), so he shortened his first name to Mahershala (pronounced Mah-HER-shuh-lah) in 2010 when he began his acting career.

“People have to be able to say your name,” he told Vanity Fair. “I didn’t want a couple of syllables to get in the way of me having the fullest experience as an actor.

9. He Was Raised Christian But Converted To Islam

Despite being raised by a Christian minister (his mother), Ali converted to Islam in 1999 after attending a mosque with his future wife, Amatus-Sami Karim. Shortly after, he joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in California and changed his surname from Gilmore to Ali.  So, how did his mother feel about his conversion? According to his SAG Awards speech, she wasn’t exactly thrilled, but Ali says they were able to get through it and that the love between them has only grown over the years.

RELATED: True Detective Season 3 Rotten Tomatoes Score Higher Than Season 2

8. House Of Cards Was His Big Break

7. He’s The First Muslim To Win An Academy Award

In 2017, Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Juan in Moonlight, the coming-of-age story of a black gay man. Ali had also previously appeared in another Oscar-nominated film, Hidden Figures. Honestly, it seems like everything Ali touches turns to gold, as he’s also won the Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice, and the NAACP Image award. I guess when you’re good, you’re good. In his Oscar acceptance speech, Ali thanked the cast, his family, and his teachers, who taught him that “It’s not about you, it’s about these characters.”

RELATED: Where Does Moonlight Rank Among Recent Best Picture Winners?

6. His Father Was A Broadway Actor And Dancer

I guess he had to get the showbiz gene from somewhere! Ali’s father, Phillip Gilmore, was a very accomplished actor and dancer who appeared on Broadway and in Malcolm X. As you can see in Ali’s Instagram caption above, his father competed in Soul Train’s national dance contest and won $2,500, but the Bay Area became too small for his dreams. Ali told The Hollywood Reporter that his dad was “very talented” and left California to pursue his entertainment career in New York City.

“I don’t think he had the space to do what he needed to do,” explained Ali. Once arriving in New York, Philip got into the Dance Theatre of Harlem and began touring as part of the larger shows.

5. He Received A Basketball Scholarship

It doesn’t seem fair that one person can lay claim to so many talents, but apparently there’s nothing Mahershala Ali can’t do. Right after high school, Ali was offered a basketball scholarship to St. Mary’s College of California, graduating in 1996 with a degree in mass communications. After landing an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater, Ali developed an interest in acting and enrolled in New York University’s graduate acting program, earning his master’s degree in 2000.

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4. He Used To Be A Rapper

Basketball, acting, writing, and now rapping? As I said, there’s nothing this guy can’t do. In addition to being amazing at everything else, Ali once had a recording contract as a rapper and released an album called Curb Side Service in 2007 under the stage name “Prince Ali.” It was no small thing, either; he had his own music label called Eye5 Recordings and collaborated with some big names, including Talib Kweli and Keith Murray.

3. He Makes Mix Tapes For His Characters

According to The Guardian, Ali has a playlist for every character he portrays on a show. His playlist for Cottonmouth in Luke Cage, for example, includes “Soldier” by Erykah Badu, “Danger Zone” by Big L., and “Deeper” by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib. Remy Danton’s playlist (his character in House of Cards) has “a lot of Jay Z… I always felt if Jay Z had had different opportunities, he could be someone like Remy.”

Juan from Moonlight listens to mostly hip-hop in the “chopped and screwed” Southern style, mixed with Bach and Mozart. So, what kind of playlist will Wayne Hays, his new character in True Detective, listen to? Only time will tell.

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2. He’s A Father And Husband

Sorry, ladies, but Ali is gorgeous, talented, AND taken. Ali first met his wife, Amatus Sam-Karim, back in 1999 when they attended NYU together, but they didn’t become an item until years later. The couple tied the knot in 2013 and announced in late 2016 that they were pregnant with their first baby. Their daughter, Bari Najma Ali, was born only four days before he won his first Oscar his role in Moonlight; so I’d say 2017 was quite the banner year for them. Ali gave a beautiful dedication to his wife in his Oscars acceptance speech, thanking her for “being a such a soldier through this process and really carrying me through it all.”

1. If He Wasn’t Acting, He’d Be Writing

Ali has accomplished quite a lot in his life, so it can be easy to forget that he went to college for a degree in mass communications. When asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t acting, Ali told GQ, “I would hope I would have fallen into writing.” He went onto say that if the acting thing hadn’t worked out, he would have tried to get into the creative writing program at Berkeley. Although Ali says he has written a couple of scripts, he has yet to come up with anything “amazing yet.” Don’t worry, fans, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

NEXT: True Detective Season 3 Cast & Character Guide

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2019-01-25 01:01:14

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3 Trailer # 2 (NEW 2019) Mahershala Ali, HBO TV Show HD

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Destroyer Review: Nicole Kidman is a True Detective

Powered by Kidman’s fierce performance and Kusama’s deliberate filmmaking, Destroyer makes for an effectively pulpy work of high-art storytelling.

Having already appeared in one major awards season contender this year (Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased), Nicole Kidman returns with a dramatic starring vehicle of her own in the form of Karyn Kusama’s grim crime drama, Destroyer. Kusama is perhaps best known for her work in the horror genre, with films like the cult horror-comedy Jennifer’s Body, the “Her Only Living Son” segment of the all-female horror anthology XX, and the Hollywood Hills suspense-thriller The Invitation under her belt. It’s perhaps no surprise then that Destroyer is a moody detective noir drama that feels like a horror movie at its core, and in a good way. Powered by Kidman’s fierce performance and Kusama’s deliberate filmmaking, Destroyer makes for an effectively pulpy work of high-art storytelling.

Kidman stars in Destroyer as Erin Bell, an LAPD detective who – along with a federal agent named Chris (Sebastian Stan) – went undercover with a gang in the California desert several years earlier, but to terrible results. Erin’s struggle to make peace with her personal demons since then have left her wrecked both physically and mentally, and had a similar effect on her relationships with her daughter Shelby (Jade Pettyjohn) and now ex-husband Ethan (Scott McNairy). Barely able to keep herself together, Erin now spends most of her time at work… when she’s not trying to drink herself to death at a bar, that is.

Everything changes when Erin learns that Silas (Toby Kebbell), the cruel leader of the gang she infiltrated all those years ago, has emerged from hiding and resumed his criminal ways. Searching for some payback, Erin begins to work through the remaining members of Silas’ old crew one by one in an effort to find him, even as (often, painful) memories from her past begin to resurface along the way. But what will Erin do once she actually finds Silas… and is there even a future (much less, a happy one) for her, after all of this is over?

Written by Phil Hay (who’s also married to Kusama) and his writing partner Matt Manfredi, Destroyer is comparable to something like HBO’s True Detective; not only in terms of its brooding atmosphere, but also in the way its storyline unfolds across multiple timelines. Like that anthology series, Destroyer continuously goes back in time in order to examine the corrosive effect that Erin’s previous mistakes have had on her well-being over the years – in turn, offering more insight into her actions and choices in the present along the way. This also allows the film to work as a character study conducted through the lens of a hard-boiled crime narrative, with Erin’s character arc serving to simultaneously ground and elevate Destroyer‘s pulpier elements into something more substantial. The movie still hits a number of familiar beats for this type of crime noir story, but (as always) it’s the execution and fresh ingredients that make the tried and true formula really work.

Kusama’s strong direction is also a big part of why Destroyer thrives as much as it does. In terms of craftsmanship, Kusama has a firm handle on not only the film’s quieter scenes and one-on-one character interactions, but also its white-knuckle action sequences and dramatically horrifying moments of suspense. Destroyer is further buoyed by A Simple Favor composer Theodore Shapiro’s nightmarish and booming score, which can make scenes where Erin is just driving her car a long distance or walking somewhere feel unnerving and keeps audiences on-edges at all times. The film paints an equally desolate and squalid portrait of its California backdrop, with DP Julie Kirkwood (The Monster) photographing the scenery in a fashion that makes Los Angeles and the rest of SoCal feel as lonely, dangerous and worse for wear as, well, Erin herself.

As “destroyed” as Erin looks, it’s the emotional aspects of Kidman’s performance that really sell the character as being a truly grizzled detective, down to their hard-drinking habit and mess of a personal life. Destroyer never strays from Erin’s point of view either, and that forces audiences to really empathize and understand how she came to be as hard-edged and damaged as she is. That also means that every other character in the movie is filtered through Erin’s perspective, be they people she loves (or loved) or the seedy characters that she encounters over the course of her investigation. Fortunately, Kusama provides her impressive supporting cast – which, in addition to Stan, McNairy, and Kebbell, includes Bradley Whitford, Tatiana Maslany, and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Natalia Cordova-Buckley in a small role – with enough room to help fill in the blanks with their performances and really show (not just tell) what these characters represent to Erin.

The fact that Destroyer both stars and was directed by a woman is also important, and certainly impacts the way it tells this particular story. While the film is, in many ways, a pretty by the numbers detective noir drama, it’s also subversive in the way it handles gender and, in the case of certain narrative threads, really explores the genre’s more traditional themes from a feminine perspective. Had Destroyer gone even further with its approach in this respect, it arguably would have resulted in a truly ground-breaking and innovative piece of storytelling. As it stands, however, it’s a well-made crime flick that succeeds in being unconventional in more ways than it doesn’t.

Overall, though, Destroyer is worth checking out just for Kusama’s direction and Kidman’s performance alone. It might not be quite as revolutionary or daring as some of this year’s awards season frontrunners (especially those that are led by women on either or both sides of the camera), but it’s a rewarding piece of pulpy storytelling that deserves to be appreciated on its own terms. Heck, when you really think about, Destroyer is probably a better version of “True Detective starring Nicole Kidman” than the real thing would be.


Destroyer begins playing in U.S. theaters on Tuesday, December 25. It is 123 minutes long and is rated R for language throughout, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use.

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2018-12-08 05:12:19

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3 Trailer # 2 (2019) Mahershala Ali, HBO TV Show HD

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3 Trailer # 2 (2019) Mahershala Ali, HBO TV Show HD
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