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Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name. A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise) Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” HBO’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Netflix’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”).

Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert. Behind the scenes, Villeneuve reteamed with two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (“Arrival,” “Sicario,” “The Young Victoria”), two-time Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival,” “12 Years a Slave”), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (“First Man,” “Blade Runner 2049”), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (“Blade Runner 2049”). He also collaborated for the first time with Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”); three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Revenant,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Quills”) and co-costume designer Bob Morgan; and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”). Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Lion King”) is creating the score.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, “Dune.” The film is slated to be released in Australian theaters beginning 2 December 2021

Summary:  Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 21st May 2021 (Australia), 21st May 2021 (Thailand), 21st May 2021 (UK), 21st May 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriter: Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold

Cast: Nora Arnezeder (Lily The Coyote), Sheila Awasthi (Angela), Sebastian Balchand (Adjit), Dave Bautista (Scott Ward), Michael Cassidy (Sgt. Kelly), Raul Castillo (Mikey Guzman), Richard Cetrone (Zeus), Steve Corona (Mr. Hillman), Wayne Dalglish (Dagleish), Ana de la Reguera (Maria Cruz), Garret Dillahunt (Martin), Chelsea Edmundson (Misty Hillman), Marisilda Garcia (Anita), Jessica Harbeck (Zombie Elvis), Omari Hardwick (Vanderohe), Colin Jones (Damon), Janice LaFlam (Yolanda), Debbie Lay (Debbie Slots), Colby Lemmo (Laura Ward), Antonio Leyba (Carlos), Sarah Minnich (Jessica), Tig Notaro (Marianne Peters), Athena Perample (Alpha Queen), Ella Purnell (Kate Ward), Joe Rashbaum (Elvis Presley Shambler/Zombie Elvis), Gonzalo Robles (Camp Guard Garcia), Hiroyuki Sanada (Bly Tanaka), Huma Qureshi (Geeta), Zach Rose (Corp. Bissel), Theo Rossi (Burt Cummings), Matthias Schweighhofer (Dieter), Ken Thong (Kevin), Albert Valladares (Alpha General), Samantha Win (Chambers)

Running Time: 148 mins

Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

OUR ARMY OF THE DEAD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Army Of The Dead Review:

This year has turned out to be an amazing year for filmmaker Zack Snyder (Watchmen). His cut of the Justice League film became on over-night success when released on streaming platforms right around the world, not bad considering the mocking he received when it was first announced that he was willing to bring his version to the screen for nothing.

Now only a few months later Snyder returns with another action blockbuster – his zombie film Army of The Dead. While this one doesn’t have the dark artistic edge that was present for the Justice League Snyder Cut it is incredibly fun film that will certainly chase away the pandemic blues.

The film follows the events after a zombie attack hits the casino Mecca of Las Vegas. Trusted soldier, Scott Ward (Dave Bautista – Guardians Of The Galaxy), led one of the last rescue missions into the city and while some lives we saved he saw the mission as a disaster.

He lost his wife and several of his unit members and the result was a city lost and his relationship with his daughter Kate (Ella Purnell – Never Let Me Go) destroyed. Flash forwards to a few years later and Scott is flipping burgers in a roadside diner while the Government talks about finally ending everything in Vegas by dropping a nuclear bomb on the now ‘entombed’ city. But then everything changes when businessmen Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada – The Woverine) approaches Scott and promises him one hell of a pay-day if he can go through the zombie horde in Vegas and salvage $200 million from a vault before the bomb goes off.

Scott hastily puts together a team that includes his colleagues Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera – Narcos), Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick – Kick-Ass) and helicopter extraordinaire Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro – Instant Family), but then to his surprise Kate asks to go with them for some business of her own.

It would be easy to write off Army Of The Dead as a big, dumb action film, and in a lot of ways it is, but this is also another passion project for Snyder. He wrote this screenplay a decade ago and during that time a number of filmmakers were attached to the project until in the end Snyder decided that he could helm the film himself. Even then the drama didn’t stop with the film starting off as a Warner Bros. film before Netflix ended up jumping on board when it looked like the project may fall to the wayside.

Despite what people may believe going into this film Snyder’s cinematic styling is all over this film. The film looks sleek yet at the same time Snyder does just enough to make this film different to all the other zombie films that have flooded the market since the popularity of The Walking Dead.

Snyder doesn’t make the same mistake that the film Monster Hunter recently made. This isn’t a film full of beefcake soldiers going up against the big ‘evil.’ Instead as a filmmaker Snyder realises the power of the ‘fish out of water phenomenon’ in films like this and it is easy to see that it is characters like Sarah and geeky safe cracker Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighofer – The Most Beautiful Day) that the audience are going to end relating to and barracking for.

Likewise Snyder mixes up the zombie genre but not just including your standard brainless dirt walker and instead brings in a species of intelligent brain eaters who think before they act… and if that isn’t enough to impress even the most hardened horror fan there is also a zombie tiger who is more than willing to take a chunk out of the heroes as well.

In a lot of ways Army Of The Dead tells a simple story by mixing a heist thriller with a zombie horror. It doesn’t exactly re-invent either genre but in the hands of Zack Snyder this film becomes a sleek grindhouse film that certainly never bores its audience. Well worth a look if you want to watch a film just to pass some time.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Army of the Dead (2021) on IMDb

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You can read our Army Of The Dead review for The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/zack-snyder-brings-army-of-the-dead-to-life-80146.php

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Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

DUNE stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling with Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.

DUNE releases in Australia and New Zealand in cinemas on December 26, 2020.

 

Summary: A CIA Agent must befriend a young girl after she works out his occupation while he watches her family.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th January 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 5th June 2020

Australian VOD Release Date: 15th April 2020

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Peter Segal

Screenwriter: Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber

Cast: Darrin Baker (Dr. Weller), Dave Bautista (JJ), Greg Bryk (Marquez), Laura Cilevitz (Ms. Besser), Chloe Coleman (Sophie), Nicola Correa-Damude (Christina), Chris D’Silva (Andre), Noah Dalton Danby (Todd), Basel Daoud (Hassan), Olivia Depatie (Selma), Emily Anne Dupere (Emily), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Kate), Ali Hassan (Azar), Ken Jeong (David Kim), Vieslav Krystyan (General Gregovich), Benjamin Luborsky (Trent), Charlie Luborsky (Brad), Rakhee Morzaria (Tina), Jean-Michel Nadeau (Koll), Karen O’Keefe (Pauline), Ace O’Spades (Ozzie), Devers Rogers (Carlos), Kristen Schaal (Bobbi), Kellar Viaene (Emmy)

Running Time: 99 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), 13 (Thailand)

 

 

OUR MY SPY MONSTER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ My Spy Review:

There seems to come a time in every action hero’s career when they decide it might be time to make a family film. For some it works really well! Say what you like about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Kindergarten Cop but it still a film that will always bring a smile to your face whenever you go back and give it a watch. But the hits for action heroes deciding to deliver a family film though are usually very few and far between. Has anyone ever tried to go back and watch Vin Diesel’s The Pacifier after enduring it the first time?

Still that path full of our action stars’ most cringe worthy moments has not frightened wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista from deciding that it his turn to try and create a family favourite. Sure Bautista has already endeared himself to many younger audience members with his portrayal of the gruff but loveable Drax in the Marvel universe but with My Spy there is no costume to hide behind – this is Bautista trying to make people of all ages laugh using just his acting and comedic abilities.

In My Spy Bautista plays JJ, a hardened special-forces soldier who is trying his hardest to become a CIA Agent. The transition isn’t successful though as JJ lacks all the class of James Bond and hits anybody that stands in his way with the subtleness of a sledgehammer. He can’t even put an accent that works well enough to fool the bad guys. When he blows his first major case his boss David Kim (Ken Jeong – Community) teams JJ up with a tech expert named Bobbi (Kristen Schaal – Toy Story 3) and has them watch the widow and child of a deceased arms dealer whom Kim believes may hold the secret of their next case.

Through his sheer bumbling nature the young daughter, Sophie (Chloe Coleman – Big Little Lies) picks JJ as a spy pretty much straight-away and then blackmails him teaching her to become a spy or she will expose his true identity to her mother, Kate (Parisa Fitz-Henley – Fantasy Island).

While a brief look at the plot of the film does make My Spy seem pretty simplistic although to give  the film some credit it does actually go a little deeper than expected and it is that depth that makes the film not only watchable but also enjoyable.

Where a lot of these kinds of comedies decide the best way to get a laugh from the action heroes is to use slapstick and physical comedy the team behind My Spy decide to give Dave Bautista a little bit more credit than that. Together director Peter Segal (Get Smart) and his screenwriting team put Bautista and Coleman to the test with a storyline that mixes drama, comedy and action together as it depicts Sophie as a girl whose life is very much in danger while she battles with issues including bullying and dealing with her father’s death.

Bringing themes like that in the storyline allows young Chloe Coleman to show that she is an actress with a big future ahead of her and reveals why she has been cast in Avatar 2. At the same time it also leads to some emotional and touching moments between JJ and Sophie. While JJ may be a bumbling mess with his work life he is willing to go above and beyond in order to protect and help a young girl that is desperate for his help.

Parents of young children should be warned though that at times Peter Segal does seem to forget that he is directing a family film in 2020. There are times throughout the film where it feels like the film is a throwback to the family action films of the 80s and 90s where it was more than acceptable to point a gun at a child actor and throw them head first into action sequences. While those scenes here do add to the surprising realism and believability of the film some parents may wish to be a little cautious when it comes to the age of the children that they are allowing to watch the film.

My Spy is perhaps one of the biggest surprises of 2020. Many may have expected this to be a film that would have made a few people’s Worst Films Of The Year list but instead it is an action comedy with real heart. Bautista it seems has more acting cred then many would have expected.

 

 

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:

My Spy (2020) on IMDb

 

 

Other Subculture Entertainment My Spy Reviews:

You can also read our review of My Spy that was published in The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/bautista-on-the-bounce-in-my-spy-76309.php

 

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This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took the stage in Hall H for a panel to showcase the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, hosted by Chris Hardwick.

These are the films that were looked at:

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BLACK PANTHER is in U.S. Cinemas February 16, 2018 / Australia release date TBC, 2018

The panel kicked off with surprise guests from BLACK PANTHER, including cast members Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye) and director Ryan Coogler, making their first official appearance as a cast.

 

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THOR: RAGNAROK is in U.S. Cinemas November 3, 2017;  Australia release date October, 2017

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) from the upcoming THOR: RAGNOROK didn’t want to be left out of the Comic-Con fun despite being mid-shoot in Australia and sent a video highlighting what Thor has been up to since the last Avengers.  An in-production sizzle reel gave the audience in attendance a sense of what’s to come.

 

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DOCTOR STRANGE is in U.S. cinemas November 4, 2016 / Australia release date October 27, 2016

For the first time, fans were introduced to the cast of DOCTOR STRANGE: Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mordo), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One), Rachel McAdams (Doctor Christine Palmer), Mads Mikkelsen (Kaecilius) and Benedict Wong (Master Wong) along with director Scott Derrickson and treated to brand new never-before-seen footage from the film.

 

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in U.S. Cinemas May 5, 2017/ Australia release date April, 2017

The panel was taken over by the Ravagers from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, and Kevin Feige announced the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (more information below and attached) attraction at Disney California Adventure, followed by a surprise appearance from returning cast members Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Michael Rooker (Yondu) and new additions Kurt Russell (Ego), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Elizabeth Debicki (Ayesha) alongside director James Gunn. They treated fans to exclusive footage from the film. The following pieces of art were also revealed.

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More about Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! 

Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.

 

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CAPTAIN MARVEL is in U.S. Cinemas March 8, 2019 / Australia release date TBC, 2019

As a final surprise, Kevin Feige introduced the brand new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Brie Larson, who will be playing Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers in CAPTAIN MARVEL.

 

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Director Denis Villeneuve has given us a first look at his dystopian universe that has been created for the Blade Runner sequel that he is currently working on.

Villeneuve has told the press “I’ve always been attracted to science-fiction films with strong visual signatures that lead us into unique parallel worlds and the original ‘Blade Runner’ is by far the best of all time. Ridley Scott had the genius to blend science-fiction and film noir to create this unique exploration of human condition. The new ‘Blade Runner’ is an extension of the first movie a few decades later.

Sony also released the following information about the film:

Denis Villeneuve (SicarioPrisoners) is directing and principal photography is scheduled to begin this month.  The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.

The sequel is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details are not being revealed.

Cast includes:  Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce. Bill Carraro will executive produce.

Untitled Blade Runner Sequel releases in Australia October 5, 2017.

Spectre - Dave Bautista

A new Spectre vlog has surfaced The behind-the-scenes footage focuses on a car chase with the Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75, featuring Director Sam Mendes, actor Dave Bautista (Mr. Hinx), Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould, Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell, and Action Vehicles Technical Coordinator Neil Layton.

Also released was a brand new shot of Dave Butista portraying Mr. Hinx. Bautista features in the film alongside Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Jesper Christensen.

James Bond - Spectre Poster

A large number of pictures and a video have been released ahead of the release of the new James Bond film Spectre in cinemas in November.

Spectre once again sees Daniel Craig play James Bond and he is joined by a stellar cast including Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista and Monica Bellucci. Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes.

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James Bond - Spectre Photo Shoot

 

Allison Williams

We take at look at the most popular actors on the Web this week.

  1. Allison Williams
  2. Jennifer Lawrence
  3. Emilia Clarke
  4. Emily Kinney
  5. Chris Pratt
  6. Monica Bellucci
  7. Margot Robbie
  8. Natalie Dormer
  9. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
  10. Elisha Cuthbert
  11. Tom Hardy
  12. Chloe Grace Moretz
  13. Shailene Woodley
  14. Lea Seydoux
  15. Taylor Momsen
  16. Dave Bautista
  17. Scarlett Johansson
  18. Benedict Cumberbatch
  19. Jennifer Aniston
  20. Anna Faris
  21. Lee Pace
  22. Josh Hutcherson
  23. Jai Courtney
  24. Jared Leto
  25. Zoe Saldana