From The Wrap
Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer has been tapped to rewrite Universal Pictures’ new, original take of “Scarface,” TheWrap has exclusively learned. Additionally, “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, who previously left the film, has returned.
Previous drafts of the film were written by white, American writers David Ayer, Jonathan Herman and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — which could have opened up “Scarface” to charges of cultural insensitivity. The new film will reimagine the the 1932 “Scarface” — and the 1983 Brian DePalma version, which starred Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana — as the story of a Mexican drug lord in Los Angeles.
Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Vice President of Production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal, with Dylan Clark producing through his Dylan Clark Productions banner. Scott Stuber will executive produce with Martin Bergman, producer for the 1983 “Scarface.” Vice President of Production Brian Williams will oversee on behalf of Dylan Clark Productions. “Scarface” will be a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. The new film will be set in Los Angeles.
As you can see I'm back with another Diamond Select Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Diorama review. This one as you can tell is Drax, along with everyone's favorite Baby Groot. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella this is one you want right there next to your Star-Lord and Gamora (who comes with Rocket)
As you can see Drax is in full battle ready pose standing on a wood like base, with a tree stump and rock, and a few other elements painted in to give it a swampy like planet atmosphere. His knives are drawn and Baby Groot is right there by his side, or more so at his feat. Drax, played in the films by former WWE Wrestler Dave Bautista is definitely a favorite of the group as he basically stole every scene in Volume 2. Baby Groot in the embodiment of cute, and has spawned countless mems and merchandise so that only adds to the appeal of this one.
Lets focus on his head and upper body first. Drax, is by all means an idiot. Granted he's a powerful warrior but he is definitely not the brains of the group. This not only looks just like him, but it also captures the intimidating, yet completely clueless stare that Drax has in the films. From the cheekbones, to the eyes, which really seem to follow you this is the spitting image of Drax. The nose and mouth and ears are all perfectly detailed.
The upper torso not only has the chest and ab muscles perfectly sculpted but the tattoo markings. There etched in like we have seen from other Diamond Select Dioramas to give it the full 3D look. Painted over the markings them perfectly shaded these are exactly like Drax has in the films. Trust me I checked. Trivia time. Those tattoos symbolize the family that Drax lost He called it his "Soul union with Ovette upon Mount Kilos"
As you can see the detail did not stop on the front, that back continues the etching of the tattoo designs as well. What's astounding is that if you look closely you can see every little detail in the back. All of the back muscles are sculpted in before being painted over. Even he elbow bone is done in a way to add realism to this piece. It blows my mind at how realistic this figure is.
You can see his pants as perfectly shaded with wrinkles put in to give it a wore torn look from fighting bad guys. His belt is perfectly done as well showing off every button, pouch, and stud on it. Even his boot straps are perfectly sculpted on as well
One of the things Drax is know for are his 2 daggers he uses to attack enemy's with. These are removable and everything about them looks perfect. The handle grips, the blades, the look great. You can see how the blades angle ot and have indents no doubt caused by him slashing his enemy's, but they are also covered in blood. I must say the blood adds a nice "Tough" ouch to them. Is painted on in such a way it looks real. Unlike a lot of bloody design figures, this is painted in shades. and painted in a blotchy time manor. Its not merely a design of red dolloped on the blade, no this looks like it just came out of a bad guys innards and the blood is freshly flowing on the blade itself. Designers of horror related merchandise should really take note on how Rocco Tartamella painted this on.
OK, here is what your waiting to see. Baby Groot. Voiced by Vin Diesel this little thing really became a pop culture phenomenon. I don't think there is a kid at my sons school who doesn't have a Baby Groot shirt. Hell my wife has a Baby Groot cell phone charger in her car.
This is the best Baby Groot deign I have seen. Its sculpted in a way I cant really describe. Its as if a real tree was used. he entire body is intertwined just like a tree branch forming little Baby Groot. The true sell point is the eyes and mouth. Sculpted and painted big on the statue the thing just scream adorable. With the tiny almost button like nose bump to the simple look on the mouth you really want to pick him up and hug him. I mean he even has his arms outstretched to give you a hug for God's Sake! But you cant! Sorry he's mounted to the base, he doesn't come off. I would love to see Baby Groot get his own stand alone Diorama at some point.
Look at it stare at you. Fans of the films, and collectors will no doubt want to pick this one up. Its another fantastic piece, and I really have to once again tip my hat to not only Diamond Select but Rocco Tartamella as well for another amazing work of art.
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No matter how things go for the good guys in the next two Avengers movies, it's beginning to look like the Marvel Cinematic Universe won't have Steve Rogers to kick around for much longer. Chris Evans has seemingly confirmed that he will hang up Captain America's shield after the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers feature, due out in 2019.
A profile of the actor in the The New York Times asserts that Evans will leave the Marvel franchise after planned reshoots for the fourth Avengers movie later this year, quoting him as saying, "You want to get off the train before they push you off." (Evans has played Captain America since 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.)
It isn't the first time the idea of Evans retiring as Captain America has been raised. Initial interviews from the set of next month's Avengers: Infinity War featured much discussion about the possibility of many of the original Avengers cast retiring, talking about the movie's promotion being one of the final times they'll spend together. However, this does appear to be the first confirmation from Evans that he's planning his departure from the franchise.
In comic book lore, Steve Rogers is but one of a number of Captains America, and two of his comic book replacements are already present in the MCU: Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson, the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Fans have long suspected that Rogers could die as part of Infinity War or its follow-up, leading to another character picking up the mantle — has Evans just added fuel to the fire?
Credit Hollywood Reporter for article
I can yell you that yes this ia a real number for the Cobra Kai Dojo. its 1-385-262-7284 its pretty funny give it a call and leave a message for Johnny, yes that is William Zabka you hear
"You shouldn't have killed my mom, and squished my Walkman!" is one of the greatest lines a hero as ever said before making his comeback and taking out the bad guy. It was uttered by Peter "Star Lord" Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which to me is one of the best, not only Marvel films to date, but one of the best sequels to any movie ever made. Its one of my family's favorite films. So naturally when Diamond Select Announced that Star Lord, Drax, Rocket, Gamora, and Groot were getting the Marvel Gallery treatment it should be no shock that they would soon be displayed in our house.
The first figure I am going to review is Star Lord and as you can see above he looks amazing. From the mask, to the outfit, to the weapons, to the base everything pops out at you. I love how the base, which looks like a part of a space platform sits at the bottom of a huge and finely sculpted blast of jet fire from Star Lords Jet pack. Angled out and twisting to the left ready for action on both incoming sides, this is the most perfectly angled diorama I have seen to this date. You can see in the picture (yes that's my kitchen table) how it has a 3D style about it. You can also see the amazing detail done on this one. Rocco Tartamella outdid himself with this amazing work of art that truly captured the look and feel of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
One of the first things you will notice is the perfectly etched helmet worn by Peter Quill. I say etched because its not just a simple paint and shadow design. you can actually run your fingers over the helmet (and any part of this actually) and feel every single line and bump. Painted perfectly over it, even down to the dots in the red visors for Peters eyes this helmet is a definite eye catcher. It even has his hair falling slightly over he helmet as it does when he is flying in the film. You can see his chest plate on his trademark red jacket is also perfectly done showcasing how it bonds to him with a push of his buttons. This is definitely fine design work
The blasters are also perfectly done, as every single detail is put in them. You can see how the hands are fully rendered and designed that they make a perfect anatomic grip around the handles of the guns with the thumb slightly above where the trigger would be. If you notice The sleeve of the jacket is even done to perfection, showing battle worn creases and damage. I personally love how the hand comes out but is turned slightly giving it an accurate feel for how the blaster would truly be aimed. With the focus on the eyes of the mask and the way the blaster is pointed, it really has the look and feel like it will come to life and start blasting bad guys.
The design of the pants is astounding. I put the film on before I wrote this just for a quick comparison, and the fact that even the leather pants are a carbon copy is amazing. You can see (etched as well) every single crease, and wrinkle in these things. The painting and shading alone is marvelous as these things really look like they are made of leather. Every single pocket, and holster, hell, even the belt buckle is an exact replica of what Chris Pratt wore in the film. This just blows my mind what Diamond Select has been putting out. You cant find detailed work like this anywhere.
Here is the back shot of the jet pack and fire blast that connects the figure to the base. As you can see the fire coming out of the jet pack is almost like looking at a glass based design. The white, oranges, and greys are blended together so majestically that it truly gives the appearance of real fire and smoke coming out of the pack.
What really makes it pop is that it does not come down in a simple shape. Its all over the place, with twists, and turns, that wind it down to the base. Even then it still has fire like blow-back so it really looks as though is taking off. The Jet pack is a cool design, and looks just like it does in the film. I really dig how it has a "Rocketeer" vibe to it. Note: Diamond Select if you read this make a Rocketeer Statue. I will buy one. The pack has all the marking from the one used in the film and even connects to the jacket in the same way.
Here you can see how I said it really looks like a fire landing. As the part connecting Star Lord to the bas is supposed to be rocket fire, its fantastic how its mounted in all different shapes as opposed to say a giant like circle. His Boots, which are identical to the film costume as well are raised from the fire of his pack so he really does look to be flying.
I like how the base is a platform of sorts. It reminds me of what the Guardians were standing on at the beginning of the film when they faced off against that weird monster that Drax believed he single handedly defeated. Having a space design really adds to the depth of the piece and helps set it apart from other dioramas in your collection.
Overall this is another winner from Diamond Select. Sadly it resides in my sons room with Drax so when people come over its not right on my entertainment center as a conversation piece. I would highly recommend you purchase this for your collection. Like I said its part of Diamond Selects Marvel Gallery Line.
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Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
On May 2nd there will be No Mercy as YouTube Red's original series Cobra Kai kicks it's way on to your screen
In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in COBRA KAI, a YouTube Red Original Series. COBRA KAI is produced by Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.