Today: June 21, 2024

#ReelNews Bad Boys 3, Pitch Perfect 3 & Chris Hemsworth

Bad Boys 3 has been long gestating in Hollywood and while it hasn’t made much production since 2009 it seems as if the boys might be back in business thanks to Smoking Aces director Joe Carnahan. He’s in early talks with Sony to come up with an idea and first draft of a potential sequel to 2003’s Bad Boys 2 with the hope of enticing Will Smith to make it a priority after he’s finished work on Suicide Squad. Martin Lawrence is presumably easier to get hold of.  Carnahan certainly has the right kind of credentials to helm a Bad Boys movie with such crazy action fair as The A-Team, Stretch and Aces under his belt. But he also has a serious side as seen in Narc and The Grey.  While there is no deal in place Carnahan is also being looked at as a potential director with original director Michael Bay unlikely to return.  Source – Deadline

Speaking of three-quels it looks like Pitch Perfect is getting another aca-installment. With Pitch Perfect 2 having been released a couple of weeks ago to a resounding $250 million at the global box office and rising another chance to hang out with the Bellas was an inevitability in Hollywood terms.  While Rebel Wilson has said she is already signed on for another film there is no word for stars such as Anna Kendrick.  Kay Cannon is being tapped up to write the next film but there is no word as to whether or not Pitch Perfect 2’s director Elizabeth Banks will return to the megaphone duty, she’s currently in negotitaions to direct Young Adult adaptation Red Queen, but as a producer of the first two films she’s expected to be involved in some capacity.  Source – The Hollywood Reporter

Chris Hemsworth, normally more at home wielding a big hammer as Norse god Thor in The Avengers movies, is turning to something a little more down-to-earth but equally fantastical as he’s signed on to star in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.  But fear not those worrying about the all female Busters being infiltrated by a big hulking man as Feig has confirmed via Twitter that Hemsworth will in fact be playing “our receptionist”.  While that implies Hemsworth’s character will be answering the phones screaming “WE GOT ONE” Deadline are speculating that he will actually be playing a “male tech assistant” to those Ghostbusters.  The film already boasts the likes of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones with more to be added.  Hemsworth is better known for his more serious roles but is set to star in this summer’s Vacation remake so is obviously getting in a bit of comedy acting in preparation for Ghostbusters.  Source – Paul Feig via Twitter

It looks as though Benedict Cumberbatch might have met his match in Doctor Strange with word that Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to play villain Baron Mordo. For a while it was rumoured that Ejiofor was being considered for the role of The Ancient One but that role has since gone to Tilda Swinton.  The story will follow Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange an arrogant surgeon who looses his ability to operate in a car crash.  He travels to the Himalayas where he meets The Ancient One who bestows on him the powers of psychic and magical variety. Originally Mordo was the villain that Strange defeated in order to be given his powers but the film version, which is being directed by Sinister’s Scott Derrickson, will make Mordo more of an ambiguous character.  If Ejiofor does sign it will see a reunion for him and Cumberbatch who also starred together in Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave.  Source – Deadline

And finally… Cinema bid a very found farewell to a true icon on the silver screen as Sir Christopher Lee died on Sunday 7th June 2015 aged 93.  The will be remembered as cinema’s most legendary Dracula, a hugely memorable Bond villain, a colossus in the epic Lord Of The Rings films and as the simply hypnotic Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man among countless others. He is survived by daughter Christina and wife Gitte, whom he was married to for over 50 years.  Once asked how to make a marriage last he simply responded “married someone wonderful”.  Your talent, wisdom and brilliance will be sorely missed Sir, RIP.


Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email:

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