The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for August 16, 2018
American History X director Tony Kaye is employing an Artificial Intelligent (A.I.) actor as the lead in his next film, 2nd Born. Kaye is aiming to cast a real robot, who will be trained in different acting methods and techniques. The idea is to forgo the use of computer-generated effects in favor of a physical A.I. robot as an actor, who they are hoping will get SAG recognition. 2nd Born is the sequel to “1st Born”, an indie comedy starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, Jay Abdo, Taylor Cole, Reza Sixo Safai, William Baldwin, Denise Richards and Robert Knepper.
“It’s not an easy time,” Chris Pratt says of James Gunn getting fired from the Guardians franchise by Disney after old, offensive tweets that made light of rape and pedophilia surfaced. He and the rest of the Guardians cast have previously issued statements in support of Gunn, asking that Disney reconsider its stance. “We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy,” he said. “It’s a complicated situation for everybody.”
FOLLOW-UP: Disney is holding firm on its decision to fire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, despite pleas from fans and cast members, Variety reports.
The USA Network cancelled Shooter after three-seasons. The series starred Ryan Phillippe and was based on the 2007 movie of the same name. But the show was the lowest-rated drama on the USA Network this past season… so the network decided to cancel the series.
In Widows, Viola Davis recruits Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo to finish their late husbands’ criminal enterprise. Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry and Daniel Kaluuya also star; Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) penned the script. McQueen also directed the darker answer to the all-girls crime spree (we’re looking at you, Ocean’s 8). The film drops November 16th.
Sony’s latest trailer for Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man showed off more of the open-world version of New York and briefly touched on two key landmarks in the Marvel universe: The Avengers Tower and Sanctum Sanctorum:
New movies opening this week, thanks to IMDB.com.