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The last place you’d expect to see Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt is on one of the countless home improvement shows on HGTV, but the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actor apparently jumped at the chance to work with the Property Brothers on their new spinoff Celebrity IOU. The series will feature celebrity guest stars like Pitt, Viola Davis, and Rebel Wilson as they chip in on home improvements for their loved ones.
In the premiere episode, Pitt enlists brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott to spruce up the house of the actor’s longtime makeup artist and dear friend Jean Ann Black, who is reportedly the “secret weapon” behind Pitt’s dreamy looks. The goal is to turn her freestanding garage into a luxury space for Black’s guests and clients, and it doesn’t take long for Pitt to start swinging a sledgehammer alongside his new helpers. On top of being a handy craftsman, Pitt is still just as suave on a work site as he is on set, according to Vanity Fair‘s advance review of the episode:
Wearing his signature newsboy hat, artfully tousled hair, and a genuine smile every time he talks about his long-standing friendship with Black, Pitt is exactly as relaxed and casual as he pretended to be during every awards acceptance speech earlier this year. “I love the sound of a construction site,” he says, not long after dropping that he knows the zoning laws for how close you can build to the property line. “I’m extremely tactile,” he says, picking out engineered hardwood samples like they’re crown jewels.
Needless to say, Black ends up loving the renovation, and her big appearance at the end lives up to the hype of Pitt talking her up to “high heaven” throughout the episode. The two friends also share some tender moments that HGTV fans will sure to enjoy during the handsomely rugged premiere on Monday, April 13.
Via Vanity Fair
Neil deGrasse Tyson tried and failed this week to call out a mistake in Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” but he next took a swing at the science behind James Gray’s “Ad Astra.” Gray’s science-fiction drama stars Brad Pitt — as the son of a legendary astronaut — who ventures through the solar system toward Neptune to discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The film opened last fall to critical acclaim and $132 million at the worldwide box office — leading to a Sound Mixing Oscar nomination. As this is a film from the director of “Two Lovers” and “The Lost City of Z,” “Ad Astra” often prioritizes character drama over science, so it’s no surprise to hear some of Tyson’s criticisms. The astrophysicist has the biggest issues, in particular, with the moon sequence in “Ad Astra.”
“The film ‘Ad Astra’ showed an excellent lunar landscape,” Tyson wrote on Twitter. “Desolate. Without color. Bright in sunlight. Dark in shadows. Daytime starry skies. Except the length of shadows should have been much longer, extending in front of them, just before crossing to the Moon’s darkened far side.”
Tyson argues the shadows of the characters and vehicles would be greater on the moon than what’s depicted in “Ad Astra,” and he writes the view of Earth would also be different. “They announce the Moon is almost full, yet a ‘blue marble’ gibbous Earth hangs in the sky — a geometric impossibility,” he writes. “During full Moon, from the Moon, you would ‘see’ only the un-illuminated nighttime side of Earth, or at most, a very thin crescent.”
As for the moon pirates, Tyson joked, “Moon Pirates? What are they thinking?” he asked. “Buried treasures on the Moon? If the Pirates knew how expensive it is to be a Pirate in space, they might have just stayed on Earth and become investment bankers.”
“Ad Astra” is now available to rent or buy on digital platforms.
The film “Ad Astra” showed an excellent lunar landscape. Desolate. Without color. Bright in sunlight. Dark in shadows. Daytime starry skies. Except the length of shadows should have been much longer, extending in front of them, just before crossing to the Moon’s darkened far side pic.twitter.com/xgn5PpLWkY
— Neil deGrasse Tyson @neiltyson February 27, 2020
The film “Ad Astra” loves showing weightless astronauts. But space is not inherently weightless. If your engines fire constantly because you’re in a hurry to get to the Moon or to Mars, then the acceleration creates artificial gravity — at the rear-end of the ship. Always....
The first trailer for Psycho Goreman has been revealed and, not to overstate things, but we could be looking at the most over-the-top horror experience of 2020. That may sound like a bold claim, but the amount of insanity and monster carnage packed into this trailer, which clocks in at just over a minute long, speaks volumes. This is also the latest from The Void director Steven Kostanski, who has delivered the goods in the past.
Things kick off with a pair of kids discovering a powerful, deadly monster who will kill anyone they ask. What could possibly go wrong? The trailer comes with a classic narration that we simply don't hear that often, which adds a lot to the atmosphere. The footage is filled with practical monster effects, including a gigantic brain with googly eyes, amongst many others. It's also gleefully and unapologetically violent. The trailer even plays into the idea that this movie is titled 'PG' yet is definitely R-rated.
Steven Kostanski, who wrote the screenplay in addition to his duties as director, has been a rising star in the horror community for several years now. The Void earned rave reviews and firmly cemented him as a director to watch. Kostanski also directed the surprisingly good Leprechaun: Returns, as well as 2011's Manborg. Kostanski explained what to expect from his latest with the following statement.'What would it be like to have your own monster? As a kid, I was mesmerized by the relationship between John Connor and the T-800 in Terminator 2 and the way this relatable kid could suddenly have a badass villain as his pal. I would fantasize about hanging out with the likes of Skeletor, Megatron, Cobra Commander, and every other Saturday morning cartoon villain. These characters always interested me more than the traditional heroes.'
PG Psycho Goreman centers on a pair of siblings, Mimi and Luke, who unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who has been buried in their backyard. The creature desires to destroy the universe, but thanks to their possession of a magical amulet, the brother and sister duo force the monster to be their new best friend instead. As he reluctantly obeys their commands, his magical powers gain the attention of interstellar friends and foes from across the universe. Soon, a host of intergalactic beings converge on this unsuspecting suburb and a battle of epic proportions ensues, one that will determine the fate of the entire galaxy.
The cast includes Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, Matthew Ninaber, Steven Vlahos, Kristen MacCulloch, Anna Tierney and Kenneth Welsh. The movie is set to hold its world premiere at SXSW next week on the opening night of the festival. A release date has not been set, but we could be hearing more about that following SXSW, if all goes well. Be sure to check out the trailer for yourself from the official PG Psycho Goreman YouTube channel.
Since Solo: A Star Wars Story ended up being a box office disappointment, it’s not likely that we’re going to get a sequel, and that’s coming from the film’s co-writer Jon Kasdan. But if the story arc that began in the spin-off were to continue, it would be awesome if it ended up making Lando Calrissian even more prominent. Apparently artist Peter Stults thought the same thing, which is why he used his quarantine time to make a trio of posters for a film series called The Calrissian Chronicles. Check out the Lando Calrissian trilogy posters and all the cool details within them below.
This imagined trilogy would be directed by Michael Anderson Logan’s Run, with a script Stanley Mann Conan the Destroyer, Irvin Kershner director of The Empire Strikes Back, and story by George Lucas himself. However, instead of John Williams doing the movie, Peter Bernstein The Ewok Adventure would be composing the score.
The overall vibe of the trilogy feels like a mix of 1970s blaxploitation and sci-fi with a little bit of fantasy tossed in there, which you can see in each of the posters below.Peter Stults Lando Calrissian Trilogy Posters
The first installment of The Calrissian Chronicles obviously features Billy Dee Williams in the role of Lando Calrissian. It would also have prominent roles for Tamara Dobson, Ron O’Neal and Moses Gunn. But the best tidbit here is that Shirley Bassey would play Lando’s beloved droid counterpart L3-37.
The second installment looks to have somewhat of an Asian influence with the addition of Tatsuya Nakadai and Meiko Kaji joining the cast. There’s also a role for Vonetta McGee, and Shirley Bassey is still around as L3-37.
In the final installment, a bit Star Wars returns with Peter Mayhew returning as Chewbacca, as well as a “special appearance” by Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Otherwise, the cast expands again with Angela Brent and Robert Urich. However, Shirley Bassey isn’t listed as L3-37 anymore, so maybe she met her end in the second installment.
But the real treat here in this final installment is imagining the introduction of Jean-Claude Van Damme to Hollywood as none other than Darth Maul. It’s a nice reference to the character’s return in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and just thinking about the skilled martial artist playing Darth Maul is so fun.
Unfortunately, we’ll never get to see movies like this with Billy Dee Williams in the lead. But these would make great comic books. Then again, maybe there’s hope for a Lando Calrissian film series starring Donald Glover. After all, Sleight director J.D. Dillard and writer Matt Owens are on the verge of becoming the first black creators to tackle Star Wars behind the camera and on the page, so maybe they have something...