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Fourth ‘John Wick’ Movie Gets Head-Bashing New Trailer — and Curious Title

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The Baba Yaga is coming for war.

Brand new footage for “John Wick” was released today, as Keanu Reeves surprised the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con with a fresh look at the beloved action hero, who is back in action yet again.

After appearing at a Comic-Con panel for his Boom! Studios title “BRZRKR, “Reeves crashed Collider’s Directors on Directing panel in Hall H on Friday night, where “John Wick 4” director Chad Stahelski was a panelist, to debut the footage.

The trailer finds Wick doing what he does best: enacting revenge via any weapon he can get his hands on. As CinemaCon footage confirmed back in April, the newest installment to the film is sure to include as much skull bashing and gun-fu as its previous chapters.

The last time audiences saw the formidable assassin was in 2019’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” a box-office hit featuring ninjas on motorcycles, a fight in New York City horse stables and Halle Berry commanding a duo of terrifyingly deadly German Shepherds. Now, stuntman-turned-director Stahelski is upping the ante.

Previously, Stahelski had expressed that he had “no fucking idea” how to top the stunts from Wick’s last outing. “There’s been a couple days where I’ve decided to do number four and I’ve woken up in a cold sweat going, ‘Horses! How do I beat horses?’” Stahelski told Collider in a previous interview.

Joining Reeves in the franchise’s newest film are Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, Rina Sawayama, Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins and Clancy Brown. Ian McShane is also returning as Winston, the manager of the Continental Hotel.

It seems that Lionsgate has high hopes for the fourth “John Wick” installment considering each chapter in the franchise has beat its predecessor at the box office. The original “John Wick” earned $86 million worldwide in 2014, followed by $171.5 million for “John Wick: Chapter 2” in 2017 and $327.3 million for “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.” Reeves and Stahelski are now back for round four to outdo themselves yet again.

“John Wick” is set to hit theaters on March 24, 2023. Watch the full trailer below.

 



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Michael Shannon Deadpool 2 Cable Casting Rumors Confirmed By Producer

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Deadpool 2 producer Kelly McCormick confirms the Michael Shannon Cable casting rumors to be true and reveals why he couldn’t play the character.

While the ultimately cast star received positive reviews for his work, Deadpool 2 producer Kelly McCormick confirms Michael Shannon was nearly cast as Cable for the superhero sequel. Created by Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi, Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld, the character first appeared in the comics as Nathan Summers in 1986’s The Uncanny X-Men No. 201 before the adult version was introduced in 1990’s The New Mutants No. 87, though it wasn’t decided until later that they would be the same character. The son of Cyclops and first wife Madelyne Pryor, Nathan was infected with a deadly techno-organic virus as a baby and sent to the future in the hopes of curing him, where he would become the time-traveling warrior Cable and would return to the present and work alongside the X-Men, form the New Mutants spinoff group X-Force and become an on-again, off-again ally of Deadpool.

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After having been a recurring player in X-Men: The Animated Series, Cable would make his live-action debut in Deadpool 2 with Josh Brolin playing the character, having traveled back to the present in order to kill young mutant Firefist to protect his family in the future. Set within Fox’s X-Men universe, Deadpool 2 was a critical and commercial hit, with the performances from its new and returning faces all scoring rave reviews and opening the door for future sequels and spinoffs, including the long-gestating Deadpool 3. Though the rights being folded into Marvel Studios has left some characters’ futures unknown, one star nearly didn’t become part of the franchise in the first place.


While chatting with IndieWire to discuss the ensemble roster of Bullet Train, Kelly McCormick reflected on her time working on Deadpool 2. In looking at Michael Shannon’s role in the new film, the producers confirmed the rumors that he was nearly cast as Cable for the Ryan Reynolds-led sequel, only for a scheduling conflict to force him to back out at the last minute. See what McCormick shared below:

“He actually almost was Cable. Then there was some sort of hiccup conflict at the very last minute, and then we just ended up reconnecting on this one, and felt really lucky that this was the role for him. Because Josh [Brolin] was so good as Cable, I can’t even imagine [what that would have been like].”

Word had swirled about Michael Shannon’s potential Cable casting during Deadpool 2‘s development, reportedly being considered the frontrunner to bring the character to life while Stranger Things‘ David Harbour, Brad Pitt and Josh Brolin were also in the running for the part. Much like Pitt before him, McCormick seems to indicate Shannon’s busy schedule as the reason for his being unable to play the part, with the former ultimately appearing in the bizarre cameo of the Vanisher, a member of the X-Force killed off halfway through the film. Shannon, best known at the time for his work in Boardwalk Empire and Man of Steel, had multiple projects on his docket amidst Deadpool 2‘s development, including the BBC adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl, HBO’s Farenheit 451, Paramount Network’s Waco and the Chris Hemsworth-led 12 Strong, making it understandable he would ultimately bow out from his Cable chances.


Brolin’s casting as Cable for Deadpool 2 came as a surprise to many, given his ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos, though was ultimately lauded by critics and audiences alike. With Deadpool 3 now bringing Reynolds’ beloved character to the MCU, many are left wondering if Brolin will get the chance to play Cable again or if Shannon will get another shot at the part. In the meantime, audiences can see Shannon and David Leitch finally getting to work together with Bullet Train in theaters now.

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‘Parasite’ Star Song Kang-ho Races to Contact His Wife After an ‘Emergency Declaration’ (Exclusive)

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Parasite star Song Kang-ho leads the cast of the South Korean thriller, Emergency Declaration, which hits U.S. theaters this Friday, and only ET exclusively premieres an intense first look from the pandemic drama.

The film, which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year, kicks off when a terroristic threat that goes viral online and Korean authorities discover that a suspect has recently boarded an international flight bound for the United States. When a healthy passenger on the same flight suddenly dies a gruesome death of unknown cause, panic erupts both in-flight and on the ground. With decreasing fuel and international refusals to offer aid, the captain and crew will be forced to take unprecedented emergency measures in an attempt to save the lives of their passengers.

Song plays Detective In-ho, who races to get in contact with his wife (played by Secret Sunshine‘s Jeon Do-yeon) in ET’s exclusive clip. After canceling a trip to Hawaii with his wife due to work, In-ho reports to the station as usual. But after coming across a video message in English threatening a terrorist attack on a plane, he prays that the suspect isn’t on the same Hawaii-bound flight as his wife.

Unfortunately, as the devastating clip scene unfolds, his worst fears come true and with the plane already en route to its intended destination, In-ho is fighting against the clock as he vows to resolve the impending emergency and keep it from becoming a tragedy so everyone aboard — and his wife — can return safely.

Squid Game‘s Lee Byung-hun also stars in the thriller, alongside Kim Nam-gil (Those Who Read the Hearts of Evil), Kim So-jin (The King) and Im Si-wan (Run On, Misaeng). The King‘s Han Jae-rim directed the film.

Emergency Declaration hits U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 12.

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‘South Park’ Creators Developed an Entire Deepfake Donald Trump Movie That Never Got Made: ‘It’s Sort of On Hold’

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“South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker went viral during the pandemic thanks to their surprise deepfake video, “Sassy Justice,” which has earned over 2 million views on YouTube since its Oct. 2020 debut. The 14-minute short finds a deepfake Donald Trump, voiced by Peter Serafinowicz, reporting news out of Cheyenne, Wyoming under the eponymous moniker. The project was the first bit of content to come out of Deep Voodoo, Stone and Parker’s deepfake production studio.

Stone and Parker said at the time that “Sassy Justice” came about because “we just wanted to make fun of [deepfakes] because it makes it less scary,” but it turns out the project had its roots in a full-length Donald Trump deepfake movie that Parker and Stone were working on and then scrapped because of the pandemic. The duo revealed the project’s existence in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“Not a lot of people know that we were a day away from starting production on the first feature movie we had done since ‘Team America: World Police,’” Parker said. “We were going to start shooting on the day that the pandemic shut everything down. It was months and months of getting ready for that movie, to just being like, ‘Nope, it’s over.’ I went to the office to start packing up my things because I was just kind of in shock.”

Stone said the deepfake movie is “sort of on hold.” Why? “It was very timely and the timeliness of it has passed,” Parker added. “We’d have to majorly rethink it to do it now.”

Stone and Parker founded Deep Voodoo because of the movie they planned to make. “It was going to be ‘Deep Fake: The Movie,’” Parker said. “It was about this guy who looked exactly like Trump because we deep fake Trump’s face onto him. And it was this whole funny thing because, of course, it ends up with Trump just naked and getting run through the wringer and everything, and that’s why it was so funny and so timely.”

Peter Serafinowicz was going to voice the Trump deepfake, just as he did in “Sassy Justice.” Stone added, “Even though the script was sort of timely, we ended up keeping the deep fake part of the studio going.”

Deep Voodoo ended up working on “Sassy Justice” instead once the feature-length deepfake project fell through because of the pandemic. The studio would later join forces with Kendrick Lamar for his “The Heart Part 5” video, which went viral for using deepfake technology to put the faces of Will Smith and more on Lamar’s body. The video, which debuted May 8, has earned over 38 million views on YouTube.

As for the scrapped deepfake movie, will it ever end up being made? “I don’t know, [Trump] could be running again,” Stone said, noting a timely window could end up opening for the project to be made.



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