From CNN: Action star Steven Seagal has joined a political party in Russia.
State news agency TASS reports the U.S.-born actor was given a membership card for a party called A Just Russia – For Truth by the party’s chairman.
He was previously a member of the For Truth party, one of the parties that merged to form A Just Russia – For Truth, according to TASS.
Seagal will reportedly work with the party on environmental issues.
The party said Seagal can’t run for office because of his U.S. citizenship, but foreign citizens can join political parties as long as they also hold Russian citizenship.
Seagal was granted his Russian citizenship in 2016.
Seth Rogen will be taking a swing at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in a new movie adaptation. Rogen revealed a crumpled piece of paper on Twitter filled with drawings and notes about the upcoming project, and in the upper corner, the new date was revealed, which will have the project releasing in theaters August 11th, 2023. The other notes talked about the different types of mutation, the importance of discipline, honor, and loyalty, and a note to apologize to April.
The new animated movie is being created by Point Grey Pictures, and Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver will produce it, while Jeff Rowe will direct it and Brendan O'Brian is writing the script.
"Adding Seth, Evan, and James' genius to the humor and action that's already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property," Brian Robbins, president of kids & family entertainment for ViacomCBS, shared in a press release. "I'm looking forward to see what they do, and I know that Ramsey Naito and her team are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio into another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theatrical."
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Patrick Star is ready to be the star of his own show.
On Monday, Nickelodeon released the first sneak peek of “The Patrick Star Show,” the upcoming spinoff series featuring the beloved “SpongeBob SquarePants” sidekick.
The teaser features Bill Fagerbakke returning to voice the pink protagonist as he stars in his own imaginary variety show and finds his “true porpoise.” Of course, Patrick’s best buddy SpongeBob makes an appearance in the teaser, and we even get the first glimpse of the sea star’s little sis, Squidina.
Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the 13-episode series follows Patrick and the rest of his family as they are constantly disrupted by Patrick’s wild whims and surreal imagination. The series will debut this July on Nickelodeon.
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The movie business is breathing a little easier after Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II” roared to $57 million over the Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a sign that cinemas are back after more than a year of pandemic era closures, capacity restrictions, and skittish customers.
But the public health situation is changing dramatically, at least in this country, and that’s fueling optimism among exhibitors and studios. More than 60% of U.S. adults have had a least one shot of the vaccine and there is even some research that suggests 70% of Americans could be vaccinated by the summer. Last week, AMC, Regal and Cinemark announced that they will no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear face masks.
The sequel was originally set to open in March of 2020, but COVID-19 scrambled those ambitions. The initial film in the horror franchise, “A Quiet Place,” opened to $50 million in 2018. Of course, the profit margins will be a bit different. The first film cost a mere $17 million to make; its follow-up has a $61 million budget. John Krasinski returned to direct the sequel, with Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds reprising their roles. Djimon Hounsou and Cillian Murphy round out the cast. “A Quiet Place Part II” was shown in 3,726 theaters.
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A PLACE BEYOND YOUR DREAMS.
A MOVIE BEYOND YOUR IMAGINATION.
Following a notorious aborted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, Frank Herbert’s bestselling sci-fi epic Dune finally made it to the big screen as the third film by emerging surrealist wunderkind David Lynch, featuring an all-star cast that includes several of Lynch’s regular collaborators.
The year is 10,191, and four planets are embroiled in a secret plot to wrest control of the Spice Melange, the most precious substance in the universe and found only on the planet Arrakis. A feud between two powerful dynasties, House Atreides and House Harkonnen, is manipulated from afar by ruling powers that conspire to keep their grip on the spice. As the two families clash on Arrakis, Duke Atreides’ son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan, in his screen debut) finds himself at the center of an intergalactic war and an ancient prophecy that could change the galaxy forever.
Though its initial reception ensured that Lynch largely eschewed mainstream filmmaking for the rest of his career, Dune has since been rightly re-evaluated as one of the most startlingly original and visionary science fiction films of the 1980s. Its astonishing production design and visual effects can now be appreciated anew in this spellbinding 4K restoration, accompanied by hours of comprehensive bonus features.
4K ULTRA HD LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
– Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
– 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden, an American Cinematographer interview with sound designer Alan Splet from 1984, excerpts from an interview with the director from Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch and a Dune Terminology glossary from the original release
– Large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor
– Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
– Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor
DISC ONE – FEATURE & EXTRAS (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY)
– 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
– Original uncompressed stereo audio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
– Brand new audio commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
– Brand new audio commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast
– Impressions of Dune, a 2003 documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with star Kyle MacLachlan, producer Raffaella de Laurentiis, cinematographer Freddie Francis, editor Antony Gibbs and many others
– Designing Dune, a 2005 featurette looking back at the work of production designer Anthony Masters
– Dune FX, a 2005 featurette exploring the special effects in the film
– Dune Models & Miniatures, a 2005 featurette focusing on the model effects in the film
– Dune Costumes, a 2005 featurette looking at the elaborate costume designs seen in the film
– Eleven deleted scenes from the film, with a 2005 introduction by Raffaella de Laurentiis
– Destination Dune, a 1983 featurette originally produced to promote the film at conventions and publicity events
– Theatrical trailers and TV spots
– Extensive image galleries, including hundreds of still photos
DISC TWO – BONUS DISC (BLU-RAY)
– The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune, a brand new feature-length documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the making of the film, featuring dozens of new and archive interviews with cast and crew
– Beyond Imagination: Merchandising Dune, a brand new featurette exploring the merchandise created to promote the film, featuring toy collector/producer Brian Sillman (The Toys That Made Us)
– Prophecy Fulfilled: Scoring Dune, a brand new featurette on the film’s music score, featuring interviews with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, and film music historian Tim Greiving
– Brand new interview with make-up effects artist Giannetto de Rossi, filmed in 2020
– Archive interview with production coordinator Golda Offenheim, filmed in 2003
– Archive interview with star Paul Smith, filmed in 2008
– Archive interview with make-up effects artist Christopher Tucker
Danai Gurira isn’t hanging up her vibranium staff anytime soon, as the actress will reprise the role of Okoye not only in the upcoming sequel film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” but also in a Disney+ series focused on the character.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported that the show is in development, the Okoye-centric Disney+ series will be an origin story of some kind. No further details are known
Gurira first portrayed Okoye, the general in charge of Wakanda’s elite Dora Milaje special forces, in 2018’s “Black Panther,” where the character was instrumental in helping T’Challa win back the throne from Killmonger. She then appeared in “Avengers: Infinity War” and again in “Avengers: Endgame,” but hasn’t been seen since.
However, Marvel hasn’t let Wakanda slip out of focus. The character Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje who debuted in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” showed up for a significant portion of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” the six-episode Disney+ series that concluded in April
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A new report says that Todd Phillips, who directed and co-wrote the original Joker movie, has been brought on officially to co-write Joker 2. The first film, which starred Joaquin Phoenix as the titular DC supervillain, earned widespread critical acclaim and won several major awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Phoenix. The sequel has been highly anticipated by fans since the original’s release
According to a report from THR, Phillips will return to pen the script for “the next Joker installment.” It’s unclear whether or not original co-writer Silver will also be coming back for the sequel, but Phillips' return suggests he’ll also likely be directing Joker 2. Warner Bros. has announced a large number of new, relatively independent DC film projects over the past year, and it should be interesting to see how Joker’s unique style fits into those future plans.
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Netflix announced Thursday that Terry Silver — the wealthy sleazeball played to ponytailed perfection by Thomas Ian Griffith in The Karate Kid Part III — will be making an appearance in Cobra Kai season 4. "I never imagined I'd be stepping back into this role, but what an incredible opportunity to bring Terry Silver full circle," Griffith tells EW exclusively. "When they say Cobra Kai never dies, they mean it!"
In the new teaser below, a ponytailed Griffith stands in the shadows with his back to the camera as some of Silver's most famous dialogue plays in voice-over: "If a man can't stand, he can't fight. If a man can't breathe, he can't fight. If a man can't see, he can't fight."
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Justin Lin, In a chat with Entertainment Weekly showed a coffee mug with a drawing of Betty White as Golden Girls character Rose Nylund, saying, "Inspiration for Fast [Five] — I'm not kidding! The Golden Girls are part of the Fast lore, because when I was a kid ... I loved Golden Girls."
Lin continued, "Then they had this thing called 'Hurricane Saturday Night'" — a crossover of The Golden Girls, Empty Nest and Nurses, which aired Nov. 9, 1991. All three shows were on NBC and set in Miami, "and all three episodes got hit by [a] hurricane," Lin noted. "And that was the first time when I was like 'Oh, they all exist in the same universe!' So that was the inspiration for Fast Five. We brought back all the characters. They all exist in the same universe! So that's the Golden Girls connection."
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A new rumor claims that leading man and producer Vin Diesel is demanding a whopping $50 million payday to return to his career-defining role in Fast and the Furious 10, although there’s a lack of specifics on offer. For instance, we’ve known for a long time that Fast & Furious 10 and 11 are definitely happening with Justin Lin at the helm, so it’s unclear whether his asking price is related to the final two chapters or any potential appearances in one of the many spinoffs we’ll no doubt be getting after that.
The brand has already made Diesel one of the highest-paid stars on the planet, with the actor pocketing $20 million upfront for the last few movies and even more on the back end through profit participation clauses in his contract, but if Fast & Furious 11 does indeed draw the story that started in 2001 to a close and send Dom riding off into the sunset
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