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Brad Pitt Explains His Bizarre Deadpool 2 Cameo

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While promoting his latest collaboration with director David Leitch, Brad Pitt discusses his role as the X-Force’s Vanisher in Deadpool 2.

Brad Pitt explains why he agreed to cameo as Vanisher in Deadpool 2. Pitt’s latest movie, Bullet Train, sees the A-lister team up with John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch. Leitch previously worked as Pitt’s stunt double on films in the late 90s and early 00s before the duo reunited for Deadpool 2, in which Pitt (very) briefly appeared as Vanisher.

Two years after Ryan Reynolds made his faithfully irreverent debut as the Merc with a Mouth, he returned for Leitch’s Deadpool 2. As Wade Wilson attempted to form a version of the X-Force, the film introduced new characters in Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), a hilariously regular human named Peter (Rob Delaney), and Vanisher. The latter character is entirely invisible and isn’t seen by the audience until the bulk of the X-Force meet their demise, with Vanisher colliding into power lines and being electrocuted—which reveals the inimitable face of Brad Pitt. Viewers might wonder why one of the biggest stars in the industry would agree to a seconds-long cameo. Turns out, it didn’t take much convincing.

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During a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb to promote Bullet Train, Pitt provided a little background on how his Deadpool 2 cameo came to fruition. While calling it the “easiest thing [he’s] ever done,” the actor explained why he agreed to play Vanisher. Read what he had to say below:

“What was shooting that like? Pretty much, easiest thing I’ve ever done. Dave’s an old friend of mine and he used to be… he was my stunt double starting with Fight Club and all the way up till about 2004. And then he went off and became a really good director, which is rare. Rare.”

“Ryan called and like, why not?”

Deadpool 2 screenwriter Paul Wernick has previously explained that he, along with co-writers Rhett Reese and Reynolds, didn’t have Vanisher showing his face in the original script. However, as it evolved, the team thought the character’s death was the perfect vehicle for a celebrity cameo. Therefore, they decided to approach “the hardest get in Hollywood.” Reynolds then reached out to PEOPLE Magazine’s “sexiest man alive,” 1995, whose children loved the first Deadpool film, and he agreed to cameo in Deadpool 2 for a very low salary and a cup of coffee.

Following Pitt’s appearance in Deadpool 2, Reynolds has made a habit of having huge celebrity cameos in his movies, with Free Guy featuring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum, and Chris Evans. Free Guy director Shawn Levy is now set to helm Disney/Marvel Studios’ R-rated Deadpool 3, which is being written by Wernick, Reese, and Reynolds. With the multiverse and meta-commentary perpetually in play now, it remains to be seen if/how the franchise’s third installment, Deadpool 3, will top Pitt’s cameo as Vanisher.

Source: BBC Radio 1/YouTube


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Jurassic World Dominion Blu-ray Release Date Revealed [EXCLUSIVE CLIP]

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Jurassic World Dominion is running towards its home release date with the speed of a velociraptor, and Screen Rant is exclusively debuting a behind-the-scenes clip from the Blu-ray bonus features to celebrate the news. The final film in the Jurassic World trilogy has raked in over $950M in the worldwide box office to date, despite being the sixth in the Jurassic Park franchise. Director Colin Trevorrow may be moving on from dinosaurs, but clearly audiences aren’t done with them yet.

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The latest blockbuster arrives on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray™ on August 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In addition to the film itself, fans will be able to watch the original short film Battle at Big Rock, directed by Trevorrow himself, that takes place a year after the end of Fallen Kingdom. As if things couldn’t get better, the home release includes an extended version of Jurassic World Dominion, meaning 14 extra minutes of dinosaur battles and motorcycle chases through the cobbled streets of Malta.


Speaking of which, Screen Rant is headed to Malta in order to witness the legendary sights of the movie ourselves. As long as no stray dinosaurs make us into dinner, we will report back with recreations of moments filmed in in the historic city of Valletta to pair perfectly with any Jurassic fan’s Blu-ray bonus features. But for now, check out an exclusive clip from one bonus feature in particular:

(Watch the full clip on YouTube.)

The already infamous Maltese chase scene from Jurassic World Dominion is broken down and explained in “Mayhem In Malta.” Director Colin Trevorrow describes his desire to juxtapose the ancient-by-human-standards backdrop of a city like Valletta with the 65 million year old creatures tearing through it. He is joined by stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, who discuss how the setting helped create the same sense of magic felt in the first two films – only this time it’s out of the park and in the real world.


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Jurassic World Dominion Bonus Features On 4K, Blu-ray & Digital*

  • EXTENDED VERSION – An extended cut of the film with 14 minutes of additional footage featuring more dinosaurs, action, iconic character moments and an alternate opening.
  • BATTLE AT BIG ROCK** – Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the short film takes place one year after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Big Rock National Park.
  • A NEW BREED OF VFX – VFX supervisor David Vickery and the magicians at ILM discuss the incredible visual effects work featured in Jurassic World Dominion.

DINOSAURS AMONG US: INSIDE JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION

  • TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME – Cast and filmmakers discuss the evolution of the franchise and the special union of characters from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
  • UNDERGROUND DINO MARKET – Join filmmakers for a tour of the amazing dino market set and discover how they brought it to life.
  • MAYHEM IN MALTA – A behind-the-scenes look at the Atrociraptor rooftop chase and Owen’s harrowing motorcycle ride through the narrow streets and alleyways of Malta.

SCARY REAL

  • SPIT TAKE: THE RETURN OF THE DILOPHOSAURUS – Live-action dinosaurs supervisor John Nolan and his team reveal how they created the impressive Dilophosaurus animatronic.
  • INSIDE THE DIMETRODON – Learn how the filmmaking team operated the terrifying Dimetrodon animatronic and hear from Laura Dern and Sam Neill on what it was like working with it.
  • CREATING A PLAGUE – Laura Dern and Bryce Dallas Howard discuss the enormous locusts featured in Jurassic World Dominion and the creature effects team reveals how they were created and deployed.
  • PASSING THE BATA…N – Discover the craftsmanship behind the realistic-looking Beta animatronic and hear from Chris Pratt and Isabella Sermon on why they enjoyed working with it.
  • GIGA-BITE – Go behind the scenes with the cast of Jurassic World Dominion as they are introduced to the biggest star of the film, the Giganotosaurus, for the very first time.


FINAL NIGHT – Witness the emotional final night of filming with the cast and crew of Jurassic World Dominion.

* At participating Digital retailers

** Included on all formats including DVD

Jurassic World Dominion arrives on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray™ on August 16.

Source: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cannes Winner ‘The Blue Caftan’ Lands North American Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

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Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Maryam Touzani’s “The Blue Caftan,” which world premiered at Cannes and won the Fipresci prize. The film, which is represented in international markets by Films Boutique, will have its North American premiere at Toronto in the Special Screenings section.

Touzani’s follow-up to Un Certain Regard title “Adam,” “The Blue Caftan” tells the story of Halim and Mina, a married couple running a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Slowly Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man.

Produced by Nabil Ayouch (“Casablanca Beats,” “Much Loved”), “The Blue Caftan” stars Lubna Azabal (“Incendies”) and Saleh Bakri (“Costa Brava, Lebanon”).

Touzani said “The Blue Caftan” is “above all a film about love, about the freedom to be who you are, to love who you want to love.” Ayouch, meanwhile, described the movie as “delicate and transgressive.”

“In the backdrop of tradition, ‘The Blue Caftan’ offers a deeply moving gaze into the stifled homosexuality of a man within his marriage and questions our definition of love,” said Ayouch, adding that “the story bravely addresses the forbidden in enclosed spaces, but it does so in the open.”

Marcus Hu, co-founder of Strand Releasing, said the company looks forward to “bringing the film out to the audience it deserves in North America.”

Jean-Christophe Simon at Films Boutique pointed out Strand was the “perfect home” for “The Blue Caftan,” a movie that the executive described as a film with “a strong political topic that should appeal to both U.S. audiences and arthouse audiences alike.”

Strand plans for a spring 2023 theatrical release after rolling out in domestic festivals across North America.

The film is produced by Ali n’ Productions in Morocco, Les Films du Nouveau Monde in France, Velvet in Belgium and Snowglobe in Denmark.

Films Boutique also recently sold the film to Germany (Arsenal Filmverleih), Australia and New Zealand (Potential Films), Sweden (Folkets bio), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Artcam), Poland (Aurora Films), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Taiwan (Light Year Images) and ex-Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom).

Strand’s current releases include Alli Haapasalo’s Sundance winner “Girl Picture,” François Ozon’s “Peter van Kant,” Ursula Meier’s “The Line,” Alain Guiraudie’s “Nobody’s Hero,” and Rithy Panh’s “Irradiated.”



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Why Original Predator Director Resented The Movie’s Biggest Action Scene

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Predator director John McTiernan recalls the one scene from the iconic 1987 action movie that he resented being forced to include.

Director John McTiernan reveals the one big Predator action scene he always resented. The Predator alien is currently back on screens with 2022’s Hulu movie Prey. The new film comes almost 40 years after the alien big game hunter made its debut alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987’s Predator.

While Prey certainly features more than its fair share of action and gore, the film is nowhere near as gleefully violent as the first Predator. Indeed, the original 1987 movie can be seen as a quintessential example of the 1980s action film, a form that was all about huge muscle-bound men shooting guns. And in fact one particular Predator scene memorably took the sight of large men firing weapons with reckless abandon to ridiculous lengths. In the now-iconic moment, Schwarzenegger and his band of mercenaries realize they’re being stalked through the jungle by an unseen and very powerful enemy, and in a burst of seeming panic expend huge amounts of ammunition in mowing down the foliage, failing to take down their invisible target.

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That particular scene indeed has come to be read as something of a commentary on the 1980s, a time when excess was rewarded and good sense seemingly meant nothing. In fact director McTiernan says he meant the scene to have a point beyond its function in the plot, intending it as a way of sending a message to the film’s producers, who kept bothering him to include more and more senseless violence. Speaking to The Empire Film Podcast, McTiernan explained:

I was getting a lot of flack from one particular executive. Saying “You have to have more shots of guns firing.” And it just pissed me off. And ultimately I learned that he was really fetishizing the image of the gun barrel and white smoke coming out of it. I mean it was really creepy. But at the time he had enough political power to constantly be getting me in trouble. And I finally said to the studio, “Look OK. You want more pictures of guns? I will give you pictures of guns. I will give you so much gunfire that you just can have the orgasm you’re itching for and then we can stop this nonsense. All right?” And I set the place in the way and deliberately did it in a way that the first words that happened after they spent five minutes leveling the jungle is, the guy comes running back in and says, “We hit nothing.” So the guns accomplish nothing. That was what I fatuously thought was my moral compromise on the thing. And I had saved myself morally by putting that in. The studios were, they still are I suppose, turning out gun pornography. And it always bothered me.

Though McTiernan may have meant the now-famous Predator “Shooting the Jungle” scene as a semi-ironic commentary on the studios’ love of “gun pornography,” the moment was unshockingly taken completely unironically, and indeed came to be imitated in future action films. As McTiernan himself points out in his Empire Podcast interview, he put a similar scene in Die Hard featuring loads of bullets and broken glass, and later movies like The Matrix continued the trend. Though McTiernan is seemingly responsible for kicking off this particular action movie trope, he doesn’t seem particularly proud of himself, and indeed seems to still be upset about being forced to shoehorn so much literally senseless violence into the original Predator.


It’s perhaps somewhat cruel that a Predator scene McTiernan actively dislikes is in fact one of the most iconic and influential moments in the entire movie. But thankfully Predator does not lean only on over-the-top gun-related violence, and ultimately comes down to Schwarzenegger’s Dutch using his wits to defeat the Predator alien. And 2022’s Prey happily picks up on this idea, as Amber Midthunder’s Naru defeats a new Predator mostly without the help of firearms – a development that could itself be seen as a sort of commentary on the “gun pornography” foisted on McTiernan in the original Predator and still featured in so many action films.


Source: The Empire Film Podcast

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