Bald-headed behemoth Vin Diesel is one of the most recognizable actors in the world, having become synonymous with high-octane action movies thanks to roles in the likes of Pitch Black and the Fast and Furious franchise. Well-known for throwing punches and leaping from speeding car to speeding car, it seems that Diesel can do it all, and now, directing may well be in the actor's future. Not only does he have directing in his sights, but Diesel apparently also has the blessing of one of Hollywood's most beloved filmmakers, Steven Spielberg.'Speaking of Steven Spielberg, I saw him recently, and he had said to me, 'When I wrote the role for you in Saving Private Ryan, I was obviously employing the actor, but I was also secretly championing the director in you, and you have not directed enough. That is a crime of cinema and you must get back in the directing chair. I haven't directed enough.'
So, Spielberg thinks that Diesel not directing more is nothing less than a criminal act against cinema. It sounds like the action star best get in that directing chair very quickly, in that case. Prior to his 1997 feature directorial debut, Strays, Diesel helmed and starred in the 1995 short film Multi-Facial, a short film about the problems that accompany an actor as he auditions, due to his multi-ethnic appearance. The short film caught the eye of Steven Spielberg and led the director to cast Diesel in a supporting role in the much-celebrated 1998 war epic Saving Private Ryan.
Vin Diesel's feature-film directorial debut, Strays, was released in 1997 and follows a drug dealer and hustler who is fed up with the repetitious lifestyle he leads and begins looking for meaning in his life. When Diesel took the movie to the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, he ended up befriending another aspiring filmmaker at the time, one Jon Favreau.'It's so funny, because we were both alumni at Sundance as filmmakers, and he goes off to do 'Lion King,' 'Iron Man,' and all these great movies. It's fascinating. I kind of go 'Steven is right.''
Sadly, Strays was not particularly well-received critically or by audiences, which is in stark contrast to Multi-facial. Nevertheless, the fire seems to now be under Diesel, making it likely that he will once again put his eye to the camera once again. One particular directorial passion project that Diesel has harbored for some time is that of Hannibal Barca, the military general from Carthage who fought the Romans during the Second Punic War around 200 BC. Diesel spoke about this idea, which he has always envisioned as a trilogy.'I haven't done it yet. As much as I am grateful for the accomplishments, there are moments when I go 'God, you promised the universe, very specifically, the Hannibal Barca trilogy, and you haven't delivered it. You travelled all over the world.''
Diesel's most recent movie, the comic book action flick Bloodshot, was released early to digital and is now...
Birds of Prey and Bloodshot both hit digital today as studios attempt to figure out how to appeal to folks stuck at home due to the coronavirus. Both of these digital releases are early – especially Bloodshot, which opened in theaters this month – and studios are hoping that movie-goers will shell out some cash to own titles sooner than expected. To better get the word out, Warner Bros. and Sony have both released extended previews for each film, with a 10-minute chunk from the beginning of Birds of Prey, and the full first 8-ish minutes of Bloodshot.Birds of Prey Extended Preview
Finally, you can watch Harley Quinn order herself a delicious breakfast sandwich from the comfort of your own home. Warner Bros. has made Birds of Prey available for digital purchase today, and if you’re still not sold on the pic, you might want to check out the preview above. It’s from the start of the film it’s not quite the first ten minutes of the movie – they trimmed off a few opening scenes, and gives you a pretty good idea of what the flick is like. It’s funny, it’s vulgar, it’s very over-the-top.
In Birds of Prey, “When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis Ewan McGregor, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz Chris Messina, put a target on a young girl named Cass Ella Jay Basco, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley Margot Robbie, Huntress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Black Canary Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Renee Montoya Rosie Perez’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”
This new digital release comes with the following features:Birds Eye View Mode Birds of Prey: Birds of a Feather Grime and Crime Wild Nerds Romanesque Sanity is Sooo Last Season A Love/Skate Relationship Gag Reel Bloodshot Extended Preview
Also available for digital purchase today: Bloodshot! It’s not very good! But I suppose if you were hoping to see it, and were unable to catch it in theaters, this is your chance. Above you have the first 8-ish minutes it says first 9, but that’s a lie of the movie. In Bloodshot, “Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.”
The digital release comes with the following features:Deleted & Extended Scenes including an Alternate Ending Outtakes & Blooper Reel Featurettes: Initiate...
Following in the footsteps of her Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo, actress-turned-filmmaker Ellen Page is funneling her considerable influence and resources into raising awareness around environmental justice. Last year, Ruffalo produced and starred in Todd Haynes’ under-appreciated “Dark Waters,” a narrative feature about the Dupont Teflon case. Since her breakout role in “Juno,” Page’s acting roles have always supported feminist perspectives. More recently, she also served as producer on films like “My Days of Mercy” and “Freeheld,” projects she also starred in that touched on issues surrounding incarceration and prison reform. Now, Page has stepped almost fully behind the camera, co-directing with pal Ian Daniel a timely and informative documentary about Nova Scotia’s history of environmental racism.
“There’s Something in the Water” borrows its title from the book on which is based, “There's Something In The Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities” by Ingrid R.G. Waldron. Using Waldron’s book as a guidepost, the film opens with Page reflections on growing up in Nova Scotia, complete with adorable baby photos and a sober voiceover. A clip of Page on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” from February of last year shows the actress calling out the impact of xenophobic leadership on marginalized communities. The film quickly focuses on Waldron to give a definition of environmental racism, a social justice term coined in the 1970s to highlight the disproportionate impact environmental injustice has on black, brown, and indigenous communities.
“Where you live has bearing in your well being,” Waldron says. “Your postal code determines your health.” In Nova Scotia, that means the black and indigenous communities who have born the brunt of harmful pollution, such as improper water treatment and toxic dump sites. The film is broken up into three sections, each focusing on a different site of environmental harm in Nova Scotia.
The first and most powerful of these stories is an African neighborhood in the town of Shelburne, which had the unfortunate distinction of housing the town dump for 75 years. The town once burned industrial, medical, and residential waste that blew directly into the neighborhood of primarily African Nova Scotian residents. Activist Louise Delisle serves as a sobering but affable guide to the community’s inflated rates of multiple myeloma. Louise leads the film’s most powerful scene, as she drives through the community pointing out every home housing a polluted well, people living with cancer, or — more often — people who died of cancer.
Somehow maintaining a gentle if serious disposition, Louise recalls growing up with the...