Category Archive: Ryan Maloney



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    No one likes a cheater, even if it’s at Scrabble! This kid got caught red-handed at the national level! Check out the full story at USA Today.


  2. This week in Hollywood, we got our first look at the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales. While Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is nowhere to be found, we do get a look at Javier Bardem‘s evil pirate captain Salazar, who’s on the hunt for Sparrow. The film has a release date of May, 26th, 2017 and will be directed by  Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki).

    Hot on the heels of last week’s news Jon Favreau would direct a live-action Lion King remake, now a live-action Mulan is in the works with a target release year of 2018, just in time for the original 1998 film’s 20th anniversary. No word yet on who Disney is looking for in a director, but they said in a statement quote, “He must be swift as the coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, with all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.”

    The third Wolverine film has a teaser poster and title, “LOGAN.” I really love this title…whereas previous films have emphasized the character’s animalistic nature, for what will be Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film, it seems fitting to play up his commonalities with humanity rather than his differences. Jackman himself says the film will be quote, “different. Very different in tone and hopefully to anything we’ve done.” Expect my butt in the theater for this one in March of 2017.

    The title for the upcoming sequel to 80’s cult classic Blade Runner has also been revealed, and it’s “Blade Runner 2049.” Little is known about the film other than its players – original Runner director Ridley Scott is producing, Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve is directing, Ryan Gosling is starring, and Harrison Ford is returning. The film will be released exactly one year from now in October 2017.

    Finally, Warner Bros. announced David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will recieve an extended cut for its home video release in November. Fans are hopeful this will correct the flaws of the theatrical cut, as the film received a critical tongue-lashing over its choppy editing and inconsistent tone. I wouldn’t get my hopes up though, this seems little more than a marketing ploy to placate fans rather than a legitimate, ground-up re-imagining. However, more scenes of Jared Leto’s Joker surely couldn’t hurt.

    In theaters this week are The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt and based on bestselling novel, and The Birth of a Nation, about Nat Turner and his slave rebellion in Virginia, 1831. The film is directed by and starring Nate Parker, who is currently under a whirlwind of controversy, but perhaps reading this thought-provoking article from The Playlist will provide some interesting perspective.

    Ryan recommends…

    Well…it’s October, so I’m thinking Netflix and horror flicks.

    Stay HAPPI Erie! 🙂


  3. This week in the wild and wonderful world of Hollywood, we learned Iron Man and Jungle Book director Jon Favreau had signed on to direct a live-action remake of The Lion King. The film will include songs from the original film, however no writers or players are yet confirmed. It wouldn’t be a stretch to presume the film will utilize the same motion-capture techniques as Jungle Book, but one wonders, how does a story centered on solely animal characters benefit from being shot in live action, if all the animals will be CG’d anyway? Even more pressing, can we really have The Lion King without Elton John, and only Elton John, doing the theme?

    Along similar Disney’d lines, cameras are now rolling on a biopic of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie as the Milnes, parenting their young son Christopher Robin amidst the success of the Winnie the Pooh books. No word yet on a release date or even a title for the film, though this will definitely be one to watch for…

    Fast & Furious director Justin Lin will return to cars, speed, and other forms of hyper-masculinity for Hot Wheels, a movie based on the popular brand of small toy cars. While some may balk at the prospect, this is actually a film that’s been in development for some time, with Terminator Salvation director McG once tapped to direct. Hey, in an industry where Transformers can be a success, why not Hot Wheels? I could never make mine go through the brand’s trademark loop-de-loop track as a kid, so hopefully the movie will allow me to vicariously fulfill that childhood dream.

    Finally, as we posted on our Facebook today, actor Tom Hanks was caught on video dropping into a wedding during his morning jog to take some selfies with the bride and groom and wish them well. It’s a charming little moment that proves Hanks is still one of the classiest in the business!

    Opening in theaters today are Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children about a school for children with extraordinary abilities, and directed by Tim Burton. There is also Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 oil rig disaster, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg, both of whom collaborated last on 2013’s Lone Survivor.

    Ryan recommends…

    I’d go with Deepwater; Berg and Wahlberg did some great work on Lone Survivor, while Ms. Peregrine doesn’t appear to be anything revolutionary from Burton.

    Keep it HAPPI Erie! 🙂

    -Ryan


  4. This week, the Magnificent Seven remake directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt opened the Toronto Film Festival to mixed reviews. You can read some of the blurbs at the link and decide for yourself whether or not to check it out upon its wide release September 23rd.

    The trailer for Ben Affleck‘s latest directorial/starring effort Live By Night debuted Thursday. Set in 1920’s, Affleck stars as a gangster navigating the lavish yet dangerous lifestyle of bootlegging. The film will see release early in 2017, and it’ll be nice to see Affleck return to something more in the vein of The Town than Batman v Superman.

    Star Trek celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and to honor its legacy Paramount Pictures developed a highlight reel of the now 13 movies in the series’ history. Nice to see such an enlightened franchise living long and prospering.

    Finally, James Cameron offered an update on his three Avatar sequels, saying the first sequel’s target release date of December 2018 release date will hold for now. Speaking of the films’ content, Cameron said, “the storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”

    OPENING THIS WEEK: Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, is the story of the eponymous pilot who landed a jet airliner on the Hudson River. There is also When the Bough Breaks and The Disappointments Room.

    Ryan recommends…

    Sully is probably your safest bet, it’s got good buzz surrounding it and Clint Eastwood is an old standby.

    Keep it HAPPI Erie!

    -Ryan


  5. 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


  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


  7. Meryl Streep has signed on to the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the beloved 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. She joins a cast headlined by Edge of Tomorrow‘s Emily Blunt, who will play Mary herself.

    Disney is also developing a sequel to the 1991 cult classic The Rocketeer, but with an African-American female protagonist. The Hollywood Reporter speculates this is to differentiate from another of Disney/Marvel’s white male leads in a robotic flying suit, Iron Man.

    Warner Bros. has greenlit a sequel to Lights Out a week after its release due to strong box office numbers and positive critical response. The Conjuring director James Wan will return to produce.

    James Cameron provides an update on the now four Avatar sequels he has in the works, citing he “overwrote”. But nearly a decade removed from the 2009 original, in a Star Wars/Marvel dominated industry, has the world moved on from Avatar?

    Finally, The Playlist writer Jessica Kiang drafts a loving tribute to the bygone era of VHS tapes and their meteoric impact on the film industry.

    Stay HAPPI! 🙂

    -Ryan



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