Archive: Aug 2016


  1. In the Land of Hollywood this week, we learned Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity) has signed on to direct WB and DC Comics’ Dark Universe, penned by none other than Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim), about a team of supernatural DC characters, among them John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, and Deadman, uniting their efforts to defeat a greater evil. Liman was originally slated to direct Marvel and 20th Century Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Gambit starring Channing Tatum, however Liman later dropped out due to a scheduling conflict.

    Continuing with DC Comics news, despite the largely negative reviews, David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad has managed to earn over $600 million at the worldwide box office, and in response Ayer posted a thank-you to fans on his Twitter. It’s this humble blogger’s opinion after having seen the film and as a longtime fan of the Suicide Squad comics that while flawed, the film certainly did not deserve the critical dogging it got. Very nice to see it receive some form of accolade regardless.

    The as-yet untitled sixth Mission: Impossible film has been delayed over a conflict between studio Paramount and star Tom Cruise over salary. Reportedly, Cruise wants to cash in the same figures he is currently earning on Universal’s Mummy reboot, out next year. Currently signed on to direct the six-quel is longtime Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible Rogue Nation). No word yet on whether Cruise will run in the movie, but signs point to yes.

    Following re-imaginings of The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon in the same year, Disney has enlisted Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Spectre) to helm a live-action remake of James and the Giant Peach. I’d question why this is a property worth revisiting, however I was terrified of the 1996 original as a small child and never saw it all the way through, so I remain indifferent.

    And finally, Netflix has released a complete list of titles being added to and leaving their streaming service in September. Highlights to the added list include Footloose, Jaws 1 through The Revenge, Saving Private Ryan, Top Gun, and Zootopia. Leaving this month are The Color Purple, 2 Fast 2 Furious, A Walk to Remember, Zoolander, The Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, and How to Train Your Dragon 2, so get your fill now while you can.

    Opening this week are Mechanic: Resurrection starring Jason Statham and Jessica Alba, and Don’t Breathe from Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez.

    Ryan Recommends…

    If you can, travel to a bigger city and treat yourself to Southside with You, the story of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, now showing in select theaters this week. It reminds me of Richard Linklater‘s Before films, which make me smile.

    Keep it HAPPI Erie! 🙂

    -Ryan


  2. This week, Hollywood just can’t stop making movies based on things we’ve already seen. For one, Warner Bros. and Fox have respectively announced remakes of Clue and A Star Is Born, the latter of which will star Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, with Cooper himself directing.

    Holy reunion, Batman! Adam West and Burt Ward will reprise their roles as Batman and Robin from the classic 1960’s TV show in the new animated feature, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, out on video-on-demand October 11th and Blu-Ray November 1st. You can get a glimpse of just how old they both sound in the trailer here, but hey, we can’t fault West and Ward for a victory lap celebrating their storied legacy.

    Step Brothers costars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will also be reuniting, but as Sherlock Holmes and Watson in “Holmes and Watson.” While there aren’t many details of the project to go off of just yet, we can confirm here FIRST that the film will probably be of the comedic persuasion.

    The first trailer for Arrival has itself arrived, directed by Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve, about a group of aliens who land on Earth, sending world politicians into a frenzy, while a lone scientist (Amy Adams) attempts to decode their language. For sci-fi fans, this will be one to watch as Villeneuve warms up his special effects muscles for his next film, a sequel to 1982’s cult classic Blade Runner.

    Finally, the first image of Pennywise the clown from the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT has been teased online. Warner Bros. and Tim Curry were unavailable for comment at press time as to whether or not down there in the sewer they all still do indeed, float.

    Opening this week are a remake of Ben-Hur helmed by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov, War Dogs from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, and the animated Kubo and the Two Strings.

    Ryan recommends…

    I suppose if you have children you’d best get to finding out what Kubo and those Two Strings of his are all about.

    Stay HAPPI Erie! 🙂

    -Ryan


  3. Celebrate Erie ’16!!

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    The HAPPI Street Team will be at Celebrate Erie on N Park Row in the lot across from Jimmy John’s Friday and Saturday from 1-8 and Sunday 1-7! We’ll be playing Cornhole at 4 tosses for $2, and all proceeds will go directly to Safenet Erie! For more information, click here.

    Image via Wikimedia Commons.


  4. This week in film, we saw the release of new trailers for Disney’s Monoa and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latter featuring the first theatrical glimpse of Darth Vader since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.

    The Chronicles of Narnia series will make a comeback with The Silver Chair, a continuation of 2010’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader. No release date has yet been set, however David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) will pen the script.

    Meanwhile, on the set of Fast and Furious sequel Fast 8, Dawyne “The Rock” Johnson feuds with Vin Diesel. After Johnson posted a rant to Instagram complaining about some of his “male co-stars” on the film, sources revealed the two actors had been feuding for a while over one another holding up production by being late to the set. Divas in Hollywood? Whaaaaa?

    Megan Fox gave birth to her third child with Brian Austin Green, naming her “Journey River.” I just hope this doesn’t hurt the ego of my own kid, Expedition Lake Maloney. It’s a biblical name, I think.

    Opening this week is Pete’s Dragon, a live-action remake of the live action/animated hybrid film of the same name from 1977 about a young boy hanging around with a giant green dragon, and Sausage Party, the Seth Rogen-starring animated film about a group of talking food struggling with the purchase, cooking, and eating of their kind.

    Ryan recommends…

    Either. If you’re of the older and cruder variety, certainly Sausage Party would suit you best, but for kids, Pete’s Dragon seems harmless.

    Keep it HAPPI Erie! 🙂

    -Ryan


  5. Color Run ’16!!

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    We’ll be at the Color Run this Saturday, August 13th, bright and early at 8 a.m.! Lineup starts at Perry Square Park. For more information click here.

    Image via Wikimedia Commons.


  6. This week we learned, in a bizarre role-reversal, Channing Tatum will be playing the mermaid in the upcoming remake of the 1984 film Splash, which itself starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.

    David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, based on the DC Comic, has opened to mixed reviews, with fans calling for the dismantling of critic review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes as a result. Still no response from Rotten Tomatoes, however we suspect their reaction was something akin to this.

    The first teaser for The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan‘s latest film Dunkirk has been released. It looks to be perhaps the director’s artsiest effort yet, and you can watch it here.

    Along with Suicide Squad opens Nine Lives, in which a father of two accidentally switches bodies with his pet cat. The film is helmed by Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld, and no, it is not a joke, so we suspect all involved must be a bit strapped for cash.

    Ryan recommends…
    Suicide Squad
    I’m a huge DC fan so I gotta represent (yes, even after Batman v Superman). If nothing else, we can laugh at how bad it is before the next Marvel movie comes out.

    Keep it HAPPI Erie! 🙂

    -Ryan



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