Stan today released the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated series JOE vs CAROLE, available Friday 4 March only on Stan. Written and executive produced by Etan Frankel, JOE vs CAROLE is directed by Justin Tipping and Natalie Bailey.
Cast includes John Cameron Mitchell (Shrill) as Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel, Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) as Carole Baskin, Kyle MacLachlan (Atlantic Crossing) as Howard Baskin, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town) as John Reinke, Sam Keeley (The English Game) as John Finlay, Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) as Travis Maldonado, Marlo Kelly (Dare Me)as Jamie Murdock, William Fichtner (Mom) as Rick Kirkham, Dean Winters (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Jeff Lowe, and Australia’s David Wenham (Elvis) as Don Lewis.
Filmed in Queensland, JOE vs CAROLEis a scripted adaptation of the 2020 Wondery podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King, hosted and reported by Robert Moor. Alongside Etan Frankel,Kate McKinnon will also executive produce along with Alex Katsnelson and Wondery’s Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy, and Aaron Hart. Joe vs Carole is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Showrunner, Writer, and Executive Producer Etan Frankel said: “JOE vs CAROLE is a wild ride. We knew it would take two extraordinary actors to portray these larger-than-life people as the complex, three-dimensional individuals that they are. John Cameron Mitchell is one of the most gifted and thoughtful actors I’ve ever worked with. He cares so deeply about the work, and his performance is breathtaking. And Kate McKinnon is simply remarkable. She is able to make us double over with laughter one moment and then break our hearts the next. It was an absolute thrill to watch these two exceptional actors morph into these roles.”
JOE vs CAROLE premieres 4 March, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.
Has there ever been a film that you loved when you were younger that you have revisited as an adult and been bitterly disappointed? It happened to me recently with ‘Independence Day.’ As a kid this movie blew me away, the special effects, the idea that aliens could blow up the White House… and yes even Will Smith (I was addicted to the ‘Fresh Prince Of Air’). Going back to watch it last week though I realised that the film was not as great as I remembered, aside from the special effects it was actually a bit of a cheesy film and probably shouldn’t be considered a classic.
Still I didn’t let me truth defining moment about the original dampen my hopes for ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, after all I kept telling myself it’s twenty years later, Roland Emmerich has grown as a director and I guiltily kind of enjoyed ‘White House Down.’ Well as it turns out I was horribly wrong, yes it may be twenty years on but Emmerich hasn’t learnt anything new and he is still making the same mistakes that made ‘Godzilla’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ films that might have impressed the masses but had serious film lovers shaking their heads over what they have just seen.
Emmerich’s new storyline has been put together by a team of screenwriters that sees the world as a very different place to what it was 20 years earlier. Humans have embraced the alien technology that was used against them in the previous war giving a very new look to things even as basic as a helicopter. Our old heroes are also very different people as well. Former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman – ‘While You Were Sleeping’) is a depressed mess, his daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe – ‘It Follows’) works at the White House, Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner – Star Trek: Generations) has been a coma for 20 years, while David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum – ‘Jurassic Park’) travels the world and is considered an ‘alien expert.’ He now answers to the likes of President Lanford (Sela Ward – ‘Gone Girl’) and General Adams (William Fichtner – ‘The Dark Knight’) who have developed a pretty impressive defence system for Earth.
Then there are the newcomers – the likes of bored fighter pilot Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth – ‘The Hunger Games’) forced to live in the shadows of the likes of the famous Dylan Hiller (Jessie T. Usher – ‘Teeange’),Charlie Miler (Tarvis Tope – ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’) and Dr. Catherine Marceaux (Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Antchrist’) a former rival of Levinson’s who now wants to help him. Somehow this mixture of people all have to bring it together and help fight when the aliens return, once again hellbent on destroying Earth.
Perhaps the scariest thing about ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (is certainly not the aliens) is the fact that it becomes painfully obvious early on that despite it being twenty years later Emmerich seems to have learnt nothing as a filmmaker. Still there are the bad attempts of humor throughout the film, the awful over-writing of characters that makes them so clichéd and these repetitive tropes that keep turning up in Emmerich films (like a computer telling the characters of the impending danger).
Even worse this time around though are the facts though that Emmerich seems to have borrowed so much from other films, especially the ‘Star Wars’ franchise for this film, and just how unbelievable this film is to its audience. Yes, of course, a story about aliens attacking Earth is supposed to be a believable drama but can anyone buy the fact that two characters that are emotional and physical wrecks after the events of the first film are suddenly able to swing around and be battle ready this time around… one was even in a coma for 20 years but is suddenly able to do his work like nothing has happened.
The other area in which Emmerich manages to lose his audience with this film is the over saturation of characters and the even worse habit of introducing characters well into the film, far too late for you to ever care what happens to them. The result is a film where it is virtually impossible to connect with any of the characters, which in turn means the suspense that should be there in a movie like this is just non-existant. Add that to the fact that you find yourselves laughing at a lot of the dialogue littered throughout the film, or groan at ‘you have the heart of the warrior’ and this soon becomes a film that should be referred to as a let-down of a blockbuster.
The poor screenplay also lets down its cast badly. The likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lima Hemsworth are sadly given nothing to work with and it’s likely people will quickly forget that they even made this film pretty quickly. Likewise if Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman thought this was the film that would resurrect their careers then they are very sadly mistaken. And as for the newcomers… well they barely even create a blip on the screen.
With a dreadful screenplay and nothing new when it comes to special effects ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ ends up being one of the biggest disappointments of 2016. Even worse is the fact that we know another one is on the way… it’s like looking forward to a dentist’s appointment. One to avoid.
There’s a lot of reliance on nostalgia in making sequels or follow ups ten or twenty after the previous film in a franchise. Recent memory brings up hits like Star Wars episode 7 and Creed but also not so successful films like Zoolander 2. As always with sequels it can be difficult catching lightning in a bottle twice but with a decade or two in between films that can only make it more of a challenge.
Independence Day: Resurgence is a sequel to the 1996 science fiction alien invasion film Independence Day. It’s been 20 years since earthlings with the aid of 90s computer viruses and nuclear weapons fought back and defeated the hostile creatures intent on total genocide of the human race and harvesting of all our planet’s resources. In the aftermath the world’s superpowers have entered a time of general world peace (Adrian Veidt would be so proud) and great advances have been made in space flight with secrets learned from alien technology. Unknown to everyone however is that the aliens sent a distress signal all those years ago and reinforcements are about to arrive.
I look at the original Independence Day as being the Avatar of the mid 90s. It showed us things we had never before seen on such a grand scale in movies, showcased amazing miniature special effects, cemented Roland Emmerich as the king of disaster movies and along with the successes of Bad Boys the previous year and Men in Black the following spring boarded Will Smith to be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
So even if the 96 original wasn’t the biggest of critical successes it definitely had a massive impact. Independence Day Resurgence simply doesn’t live up to its predecessor. The film attempts to weave so many threads together in only 2 hours that not enough time is spent on any of them and you wonder why they bothered with half of them.
Even as a 10 year old something that bothered me in the original was how quickly Will Smith’s character got over the death of his wingman during a battle with alien spacecraft. However the gravity of a massive alien invasion, the destruction and devastation of several major cities worldwide was still expressed to the audience. When the use of a nuclear weapon on US soil to destroy an attacking space craft turns out to be fruitless David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) has a breakdown of sorts because it WAS a big deal. In this film the same character is watching London being destroyed and millions upon millions of people being massacred in front of his eyes yet he and the characters around him are making quips and generally playing for comedic relief. When David afterwards is consoling his new former girlfriend Catherine (Charlotte Gainsborough) as her parents are almost definitely dead it just feels forced.
This is a problem that comes up several times. It seems in an attempt to make the film fun they drove a steamroller through any possible drama the film has. Someone’s loved one is killed, they rage then in no time they’re back to making quips. If a film’s characters aren’t going to care about the end of the world then why should the audience?
After 20 years of disaster movies (seemingly half of which directed by Emmerich himself) audiences may not automatically find anything amazing about seeing the world destroyed anymore. This is made worse by the way in which the bland characters in the film itself don’t seem to care either. Ultimately what it means is a film about a fight for survival of the human race ends up being unreasonably boring.
Turtles fans beware Michael Bay is seeking to destroy your childhood the way he did for fans of the Transformers. That seemed to be the warning going around when it was first heard that Bay was set to be the producer of the re-boot of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. But perhaps the warning went out a little bit early because there is more than enough to like about this latest superhero film.
Maybe to appease the true Turtles fans but the plot here not only calls upon the stories of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series but also the popular comic book series. The film beings with New York City coming under attack by the evil Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) and his Foot Clan Soldiers. Now while most journalists are dismissing the so called Foot Clan the determined April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is doing all she can to prove their existence so she can finally become what she has always dreamed of… a crime reporter.
Her bid to find the truth though soon uncovers something else that New Yorkers should probably know about. The existence of some heroes, namely some teenage mutant ninja turtles known as Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonardo (Pete Ploszek/Johnny Knoxville) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard). These hard-shelled heroes are breaking all the rules set by their master, a mutated rat named Splinter (Danny Woodburn) and are doing all they can to help protect the city.
Now the first thing you will notice about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it is nowhere near as good as the recent Dark Knight trilogy or even most of the Marvel films, but the film still has its credits. Despite fears to the contrary the screenplay does allow for some characterization of each of the turtles (something that wasn’t the case for the robots in Transformers) while director Jonathan Liebsman does deliver some pretty intense action sequences, although that is only to be expected seeing he was the man at the helm of Wrath Of The Titans and Battle Los Angeles. The scene of the turtles, April and Vernon (Will Arnett) crashing down the side of a mountain in a truck while battling Foot Soldiers is a pretty decent scene, while Liebsman’s direction is aided by some pretty nifty special effects that bring the turtles to life.
As would be expected though the hand of Michael Bay is firmly over this film. There are a lot of loud noises and close ups of Megan Fox’s assets just as Mr. Bay likes it and while you can easily defend the much maligned storyline of April once being the owners of the turtles and Splinter by highlighting that happened in the comic book series it is harder to defend the ending of this film. Like it or not but Splinter’s grand plan at the finale of this film is way too close to what we have already seen in The Amazing Spider-Man as Dr. Curt Connors (aka The Lizard) tries to bring about his Armageddon.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also seems to be damaged by some of the re-writes that the film went through. From the background ‘trained in Asia’ story set-up of Eric Sacks through to the fact that he is never seen in a scene alongside Shredder in full uniform it is obvious that at some point in this film’s production Sacks was supposed to be Shredder, which actually would have worked very well. The most obvious reason for changing that is it may have been too obvious, but hey when you have William Fichtner turn up in a film your audience is already going to be expecting for him to be playing a bad guy anyway.
As far as the acting goes no-one is in any danger of being a threat on Oscar night. William Fichtner and Will Arnett both breeze through their clichéd performances while Whoopi Goldberg’s role is almost blink and you’ll miss it. Megan Fox does enough to silence her critics, she’s not as bad as everybody was expecting her to be, but again she hasn’t been given anything gritty to work with either.
If you’re prepared to walk into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and just expect a fun action film then you aren’t going to be disappointed. The film does its best to appease both fans of the comic book series and television show but the question must be asked which demographic is this film aimed at. The current series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seems to be aimed at younger kids but most of the humor and violence of this film would suggest that it has been aimed at an older audience. Still Turtles fans can breathe a mild sense of relief, at least it didn’t turn out to be as bad as some of the later Transformer films.
With the world counting down the days now to those radioactive turtles once again hit the big screen Paramount Pictures have released a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featurette looking at all the ins and outs of the creative side to the film.
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, produced by Michael Bay and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson and Minae Noji.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be released in Australia on the 11th September, 2014.
Paramount have just realeased a brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer as well as some character posters. The film which is produced by Michael Bay, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Minae Noji will be released on September 11th.
You can view the character posters here:
You can also view the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer here:
Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer is here. The film is produced by Bay, directed by Jonathan Liebsman and stars Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg. It will be released on the 11th September, 2014.
You can view the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer below.
Summary: In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: the ultra wealthy citizens of Elysium; a pristine man-made space station, and the rest of humanity; relegated to surviving on an overpopulated and polluted Earth. Refugees attempting to reach the elite health care and supreme comfort of Elysium via illegal transports from Earth’s scorched surface rarely complete the journey.
Max (Matt Damon) is an ex-con in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly plans a dangerous heist to win him the perilous journey off-world. However, Elysium’s merciless Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces led by Kruger (Sharlto Copley) know just how much of a threat Max is to their privileged existence.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th August, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Country: United States
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Screenwriter: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Brandon Auret (Drake), Josh Blacker (Crowe), Alice Braga (Frey), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Sandro), Johnny Cico (Vincente), Sharlto Copley (Kruger), Maxwell Perry Cotton (Young Max), Matt Damon (Max), William Fichtner (John Carlyle), Jodie Foster (Delacourt), Derek Gilroy (Pablo), Valentina Giron (Young Frey), Catherine Lough Haggquist (Representative Burrard), Adrian Holmes (Manuel), Chris Humphreys (Reprsentative Penny), Jared Keeso (Rico), Diego Luna (Julio), Wagner Moura (Spider), Chris Shields (Dr. Faizel), Faran Tahir (President Patel), Emma Tremblay (Matilda), Adrian Vazquez (Carlo)
Runtime: 109 mins
SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘ELYSIUM’:
Disney have released some new television spots/ads for the release of ‘The Lone Ranger’. The film which stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter and is directed by Gore Verbinski will be released in America on July 3. You can check out the TV spots/ads below: