Flying Solo: How Alden Ehrenreich Got The ‘Star Wars’ Gig

unnamed1Shooting began this week on another new Star Wars movie: the as-yet untitled film focusing on the exploits of the young Han Solo before he was recruited into the resistance by Luke Skywalker in Episode IV.  Alden Ehrenreich gets to fulfill a dream shared by many young boys over the years by starring as Solo, but it wasn’t easy.  Before getting the part, he went through a long, rigorous casting process that spanned half a year and culminated with a chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon!  (Click on the media bar below to hear Alden Ehrenreich)

The movie opens on a significant date in Star Wars history — the 41st anniversary of the original movie’s release, May 25, 2018.

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Bloody Stealth Game ‘Serial Cleaner’ Set For Summer Release

serialcleaner1One video game premise that has us intrigued is Serial Cleaner, a stealth action game that has gamers cleaning up crime evidence to keep the police at bay! Set in the 1970s, the game is set for a summer release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam (PC, Mac, Linux platforms) from publisher Curve Digital.

Serial Cleaner was inspired by lose-fast/reload-fast games that demand players retry a level several times to learn how enemies react and figure out which zones of the map are safest,” said Krzysztof Zieber, the designer and writer of the iFun4all developed game. “If caught, the level generates the crime scene with the bodies moved, ensuring that players can’t rely on just muscle memory to get through a stage. The game is tough, but fair, so players need to plan their moves accordingly, or just get in there and improvise: both approaches work.”

The game is currently available as a prototype on Steam Early Access, and hours of additional content will be available come the title’s official launch.

Serial Cleaner’s streamlined, comic book style visuals has us intrigued and we’re already enjoying its morbid sense of humor (one of the buildings is named The Deadly Telegraph). Check out the console trailer below and tell us what you think!

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‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Reviews Zombie Thriller ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’

thegirlwithallthegifts2Zombie apocalypse movies are a dime a dozen, but the new film The Girl With All The Gifts puts an innovative spin on the well worn genre.

Set in the near future, a young girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua) has a special bond with a nurturing teacher named Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton). They both live in a military base that’s surrounded with zombies, and when the base is overrun by the undead, the pair, along with several military officers (led by Paddy Considine) and a doctor (Glenn Close), fight for their survival.

Although most humans are immediately turned into zombies upon infection of a fungal disease, but a group of children still retain a semblance of their humanity even after being exposed to this virus. Thus, Melanie is a blend of a human and a zombie, and her struggle to embrace both parts of her identity drive the film. Thanks to first rate storytelling and engaged performances from ensemble, The Girl With All The Gifts is a top notch and surprisingly evocative thriller.

Also covered on this week’s CinemAddicts is Dying Laughing, an insightful documentary on the joys and pains of being a stand-up comic. Although it’s mainly a talking head documentary, the movie never grows wearisome thanks to its stellar line-up of humorists (Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Hart are among the interviewees). The comics don’t pull their punches when describing their respective challenges, especially when it comes to bombing on stage. Though Dying Laughing isn’t as funny as the title suggests, the documentary is worth watching, especially if you’re passionate about stand up comedy.

Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.

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Break on the TV Beat: Days of Our Lives, , Blood and Whiskey + More

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Here’s to longevity! NBC has reportedly picked up the long-running daytime soap Days of Our Lives for a 52nd season. The pickup comes as the sudser recently replaced their co-head-writer with General Hospital vet Ron Carlivati.

From Jesse to Jack? Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has reportedly landed a role in the new WGN America drama Blood and Whiskey. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is adapting the drama from Peter Krass’ biography, Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, which follows the youth from boy distiller to teenage moonshiner to becoming the head of a whiskey empire.

Tim Robbins has reportedly signed on to a new untitled Alan Ball drama series for HBO. According to Deadline, the series would star Robbins as the patriarch of a multi-racial family with his wife Audrey (Holly Hunter) and their three adopted children and one biological child.

Former Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh has signed on to co-star opposite Lucy Hale in the new CW dramedy Life Sentence. The show centers on a woman (Hale), who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and begins to live life like she was dying. But when it’s later learned that she was misdiagnosed, she must live with the decisions she made. Walsh will play her father.

Outbreak on the Big Screen: Hellboy, Step Brothers, Bruce Willis

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It’s mostly bad news for fans of movie sequels today. After gauging the interest in a third installment of the Hellboy series, director Guillermo Del Toro now reveals it’s not going to happen. He tweeted, “Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.” Ron Perlman starred as the titular character in a pair of previous films.

Likewise, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a Step Brothers sequel. The hilarious Will FerrellJohn C. Reilly comedy centered on a pair of man-children who are forced to grow up after their respective parental figures can no longer deal with their pampered lifestyle. Ferrell recently told Rolling Stone, “You have to resist the temptation. It’s just tough because the things everyone wants you to do sequels of are special because there’s not a sequel of it. I guess we’ll see, but as of now there are no plans. We just don’t want to be doing sequels of everything.” While there have been some pitches for stories, nothing has been agreed upon in the years since the original film.

In other movie news, Bruce Willis has reportedly lined up a pair of films. According to Deadline, Willis will star in Acts of Violence, directed by Brett Donowho, which is expected to start principal photography in late March. The second film, Reprisal, will be directed by Brian A. Miller and will start in July.