Five for the Fifth: JUNE 2016 Edition

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Welcome to FlixChatter’s primary blog series! As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. Summer blockbuster is officially here folks! Some of the June screenings I’m going to be seeing are Finding Dory, Legend of Tarzan, Now You See Me 2, etc.

To be honest with you, I’m not super excited about any of the June releases. So I’m setting my sights on a movie that won’t even be here until March 2017, that is the live-action version of Beauty & The Beast!

Apparently the teaser trailer broke the viewing record, and beats even the latest Star Wars (91.8 million times in its first 24 hours compared to 88 million times for The Force Awakens). I have to admit I was rather meh when it was first announced, but since I’m quite looking forward to it. But man, the main cast was spot on! Emma Watson looks perfect as Belle, as well as Dan Stevens with his baby blues as the Beast/Prince and Luke Evans as Gaston. Heck, Evans looked like the splitting image the animated version of Gaston it’s uncanny! I wish Jean Dujardin had been cast as the French Casanova candelabra Lumière instead of Ewan McGregor though.

Are you excited about this live-action remake of ‘Beauty & The Beast’? 

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2. Last week the rumor mill went into overdrive with this report that Daniel Craig reportedly turned down nearly $100mil to play Bond in two more films. No, I’m not going to ask who you’d want to replace Craig as until there is an actual formal announcement from Barbara Broccoli herself that he’s no longer playing Bond, every actor mentioned is just speculation and wishful thinking. I posted on Twitter who I’d love to see as Bond as I think the Yorkshireman all the requirements for a definitive cinema super spy in my book 😉

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One thing for sure, Craig will follow up his Bond role with a TV series called Purity, a dramatic thriller based on Jonathan Franzen’s novel of the same name. Per THRthe story centers on a young woman named Purity (who is known by the name of Pip) who, in search of answers about herself and her family, winds up interning in South America at the Sunlight Project, a group which deals with all the secrets of the world. It’s described as a story about youthful idealism, fidelity and murder. Like Bond movies, the story is also set in multiple locations, Berlin, Bolivia, New York, California, etc. Craig is to play Andreas, a German provocateur who crosses paths with Pip who sounds a lot like Julian Assange.

Premium Cable TV Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of it and production will begin next year. This project sounds pretty intriguing actually. I’m curious to see who else will join the cast, especially in the role of Pip.

What do you think of the premise of ‘Purity’ series?

3. For some reason I missed this news from a while ago that Sandra Bullock will be leading an all female cast of Ocean’s Eleven movie. According to The Playlist, director Gary Ross (The Hunger GamesSeabiscuit) came up with the idea and brought the idea to the original ‘Ocean’s’ franchise director Steven Soderbergh. I certainly welcome the idea, and it certainly could be fun. We’ll see if this might spurn all kinds of controversy the way the all-female Ghostbuster movie had been (frankly I think all those haters have no life nor an iota of imagination), but heck, I’ll so watch it! Well, there’s now reports that another Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett, might join the cast. Wahoo!!!!

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Who else would you like to see join the cast of this movie?
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4. Speaking of on-screen pairings, this question is inspired by the latest buddy cop action comedy The Nice Guys in which we see the unlikely pairing of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. I haven’t seen it yet but lots of people praise the two actors’ on-screen chemistry. I guess it shouldn’t surprise us the fact that director Shane Black’s classic Lethal Weapon had one of the best on-screen pairings ever with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. I also like the pairing of Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with Val Kilmer & Robert Downey Jr.

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There have been other great buddy cop duos, comedic or otherwise. Robert Downey Jr & Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes, Colin Farrell & Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges, and even the small screen pairing of Matthew McConnaughey & Woody Harrelson in True Detectives season 1 was an audience favorite.

I had asked this question six years ago and posted my dream picks of MALE on-screen duos. My absolute dream would be to see Timothy Dalton & Alan Rickman pairing, alas that’s never gonna happen now. In any case, right at the top of my head, I’d love to see the pairing of:

  • Sam Riley & Daniel Brühl (he’s actually played opposite Sam’s wife Alexandra Maria Lara in Rush)
  • Idris Elba & Christian Bale
  • Viggo Mortensen & Daniel Day Lewis

I could go on and on… boy it must be REALLY fun being a casting director!

So just for fun, which male on-screen duo would you like to see on either films or tv? 

5. This month Five for the Fifth’s guest is Eddie from Sidekick Reviews Blog & Jaccendo.com!

Movie reshoots are a standard practice. Recent examples are Star Wars: Rogue One and Suicide Squad which haven’t been released yet.

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Some reshoots mostly add extra footage like Lord of the Rings, some make significant changes to endings or even characters like turning Shredder in TMNT back into an Asian character. A lot of classic films like Blade Runner, Jaws, Back To The Future, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Apocalypse Now, etc. have undergone reshoots.

So which movie(s) do you think was made better or worse by major reshoots?


Well, that’s it for the JUNE edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. Take part by picking a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all! 

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44 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: JUNE 2016 Edition

  1. 1. I think it might be good. I’m intrigued although I did hear Josh Gad is in the film and I’m sick of that fat fuck.

    2. I’ll wait for the teaser.

    3. Kerry Washington, Evan Rachel Wood, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rinko Kikuchi, Gina Rodriguez, Pam Grier, Lea Seydoux, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Jane Fonda.

    4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Andrew Garfield. That’s all I can think of for now.

    5. I think it depends on what is happening though it is always common. As long it’s an attempt to make it better, fine as long as its director is involved instead of someone else.

    1. Ahah, what do you have against Josh Gad? I thought he was funny in Frozen but haven’t seen him in anything else.

      Oooh those are great actresses on your wish list. I’d especially LOVE to see Gugu on there. What, no Jena Malone?? 😉

      Great duo there w/ Gordon-Levitt & Garfield, two terrific young actors.

      1. Well, if you saw him in Pixels and that one movie w/ Kevin Hart. He tends to play the same characters which are obnoxious and clamoring for attention.

        The reason I didn’t put Jena is well…. she just gave birth to a baby boy and his name is…. Ode Mountain DeLorenzo Malone. I know… it’s a weird name.

        1. Glad I’ve skipped those movies then.

          Wow, that name is quite a mouthful. Hey she might be ready for acting again in a year or two, so it’ll be cool to see her as part of the cast.

          1. Exactly although there is a lot of pressure to really be in Hollywood and do this yet you want to stay home and be a parent. That’s the reason why Elizabeth Banks won’t be directing Pitch Perfect 3 because she’s got duties as a parent.

            1. Yeah, as if it weren’t hard enough for ANY woman to make it in Hollywood, whether there’s a family involved or not. I admire those w/ kids who somehow can still make it, like Angelina Jolie who has like half a soccer team in her family! I just heard that about Elizabeth Banks, such a bummer but I respect her decision of course.

  2. 1. I’ve never seen the animated version of Beauty and The Beast but I’m sure this live action version will be another big hit for Disney comes next spring.

    2. Purity sounds interesting but since I don’t have Showtime, I probably have to wait till it hits Netflix or Amazon Prime.

    3. As you know I love The Ocean’s movies so I’m looking forward to this new all female version, let’s hope the film will be more creative than just another remake. I’m curious to know which actor they’ll cast in the Julia Robert’s role for this one; I assume it’s going to be some big named actor.

    4. This is a tough question for me because I need to know what the film is about before thinking about casting well known actors together. And since we’re talking about pairing big name actors together, I’ll go with maybe the only two actors Hollywood who can still carry a movie, Leo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise. Why not have these two big stars in a movie, it would be very interesting.

    5. This is another tough question because most of us don’t know which movie when through how many reshoots. Heck most if not all of films that were made went through some kind of reshoots. So I can’t answer this one.

    1. I wanted to add another comment to question #5. A good example of reshoot that didn’t make that much of a difference was the prequel to The Exorcist called Dominion. The studio hated the original version so much that they shot an entirely new version with a new director and mostly new cast except for the main actor. A few years later they released the original version because some said it’s superior but it wasn’t that better than the second version.

    2. Hey Ted! The animated version of Beauty & The Beast is absolutely beautiful to watch, one of the best ‘Princess’ movies from Disney IMHO. It seems they’re gonna try to be faithful to that movie, which is very wise.

      If Purity looks good enough, I might actually add Showtime subscription to my Amazon Prime for the duration of this series.

      Yeah, I think the casting in Julia Roberts’ role would be big news when it’s announced.

      Well, Cruise & Crowe in The Mummy remake sounds very intriguing. I’m not really into Leo much, but yeah to see him opposite Cruise would be interesting!

      Btw Ted, I have no desire to see ‘Dominion’ but wow that is nuts that it’s reshot entirely with a new director & cast. Boy I wonder if that director who’s replaced ever work again.

      1. John Frankenheimer was set to direct Dominion but he decided to leave the project because of his health and passed away just a couple of months after he quit the project. Paul Schrader took over the directing job and made more of a thriller instead of an all out horror that the studio wanted. Schrader’s still working but he’s known mostly for his screenwriting work, he wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull for Scorsese. I was actually excited to see this prequel, they had Liam Neeson as the lead but he left because the project was on hold for a while. The second version that the studio liked was directed by Renny Harlin, an odd choice since he’s done mostly action films.

          1. No, it got made but the studio didn’t like it all and they’ve decided to spend additional $30mil on shooting an entirely different movie with different cast and crew. The only actor they kept was the lead.

            1. Oh ok, I had to look up this movie. So is Stellan Skarsgård the lead actor? Can’t say I’m interested in seeing it though.

              1. Yeah Stellan Skarsgård was the only actor they kept from the original version. I don’t think it’s worth anyone’s time to see either of those films but it’s interesting that it’s one of the early prequels before prequels became the norm in Hollywood today.

  3. 1. When I first heard they were going to do this, I was not surprised. Disney has milked this continually. However, the teaser was so well done that I have to admit that I’m looking forward to this. Damn you Disney!

    2. Sounds good, but I don’t get Showtime. So it’s likely binge viewing down the line when it’s released to the masses.

    3. Well, I’d be curious to see it, especially with a fine cast of actresses. However, if changing out men for women, who’ll play the Julia Roberts role, then? Daniel Craig…Tom Hiddleston?

    4. An aging pair of former A-listers: Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery.

    5. Made worse by later re-shoots was Close Encounters of the Third Kind when they showed Roy Neary inside the mothership. Thankfully, Spielberg and studio came to their senses and dropped those scenes with its definitive cut.

    1. Mwahahaha!! I feel exactly the same way as you Michael!! I was like ‘Fine, fine, take my money! Damn you Disney!!’ I’ve literally watched that B&B teaser a half dozen times since it’s released, it just looks so enchanting!

      I really like the idea of ‘Purity,’ might even read the book but it’s still on pre-order now.

      Ahah, good point there about the role reversal in the all-female Ocean’s movie. I’d love to see either one of those you mentioned, heck if it’s someone older, why not Timothy Dalton? 😉

      OMG!!! Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery would be something I’d watch on opening night, doesn’t even matter what the plot is, ahah.

  4. I know Natasha has been hopping all over the show since the announcement of the live action Beauty and the Beast. I will be there for science – Dan Stevens AND Luke Evans? SOLD! However, will likely wait for that to hit DVD.

    As for the whole Daniel Craig thing, it will suck to see him go, he’s an amazing Bond 😦 Now to wait and see what the official announcements are, and what will be happening.

    I’d be interested to see what happens with an all female Ocean’s Eleven.

    1. Hi Zoë! Who’s Natasha?? Ahah yeah, Dan Stevens & Luke Evans are two gorgeous Brits, this is definitely something I’d see on the big screen as the visuals will be astounding.

      I like Craig but I’m all for a fresh Bond! I hope they go with a tall & dark Brit again, more in vein w/ Connery & of course my fave, Dalton 😉

      I’ll be all over that all-female Ocean’s movie. Can’t wait to see who else they’d cast.

      1. Natasha from Life of This City Girl 🙂 Definitely two gorgeous guys.

        Looking forward to seeing where they go with the casting. Ah, yes, Dalton! What a fantastic Bond!

  5. I’m always won over by film trailers depicting snow falling against a night sky. There’s something very magical, perhaps ethereal about it… so it works well for the Beauty and the Beast trailer. I too like the casting the of Emma Watson…

    Re: Bond. I’m more surprised Craig was offered the money than turned it down because I feel 077 is ripe for refreshing. That said, the producers know what an attraction Craig is so I can see why they’d throw so much money at him.

    1. Hey there Dan! Yes snow falling against a night sky is so romantic, magical & ethereal, I so agree! Suffice to say Disney’s done it again w/ the casting of B&B.

      Yeah, who knows how much weight we could put into those *reports* but discussion Bond casting is always fun. I for one would love to see a fresh face, but as much as I like Hiddleston, I don’t see him as Bond. And please, for the love of Pete, NOT Jamie Bell!

  6. Hi Ruth!
    1. Nope.
    2. This series is one I’ll watch–probably binge it when it comes to Netflix. It’s a role that feels like a James Bond film, but I think it will allow Craig to branch to new directions.
    3. I assume if they do, it will be multicultural cast which is great. Mai Lihn would be cool to watch.
    4. Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale

    1. Ahah, so decisive! Not a fan of Disney? Or because it’s a remake? I was meh about it too but man this trailer won me over. But then again I’m a sucker for Disney princesses 🙂

      ‘Purity’ does have espionage elements but Craig’s character is more akin to Julian Assange who pulls the strings instead of the spy working on the field.

      Boy I’m ashamed to say I don’t know who Mai Lihn is.

      Hey, Oscar & Christian are supposed to be in a movie together I believe. According to this report from last year anyway http://variety.com/2015/film/news/christian-bale-oscar-isaac-the-promise-cast-1201520381/ An epic love story!!

      1. Yes, I remember vaguely hearing that. I’ll be ready wholeheartedly for that one 🙂
        Mai Lihn –oh, gosh, I’m losing it. Really. Sigh. Mai Lihn is a character that Maggie Q, the actress, played. She was in the Divergent series. I liked her a lot in Live Free or Die Hard a few years back.

        1. Yeah I hope they didn’t change this casting as it’s perfect!

          Oh ok so it’s Maggie Q, yeah I like her a lot, there are so few Asian actresses in Hollywood. I’d love to see Michelle Yeoh in the cast as well, or Gong Li who’s just stunning even in her 50s.

    1. Oooh, having Chastain & Le Pfeiffer would be lovely. I’d love it if the casting is more diverse though, so maybe include Naomie Harris, Viola Davis or Zhang Ziyi!

  7. Love the idea of Viggo Mortensen & Daniel Day Lewis! As for reshoots, the additional ‘happy ending’ footage they shot for the end of The Shawshank Redemption worked in my book.

  8. Viggo Mortensen & Daniel Day Lewis on screen together would be amazing. Fortunately my two man-crushes did appear together a couple of years ago, Viggo and Isaac. Not a buddy cop movie but still, awesome to see them play off each other.

    As for the rest I don’t really have an opinion.

    I don’t know what movies had re-shoots and what didn’t. I guess all I have to add is that I don’t like the idea of re-shoots, because that to me screams focus groups and test screenings to see the public’s reaction, and then re-shooting parts to cater to this, rather than STICKING TO THEIR GUNS and making the movie they intended to.

    1. Yeah I agree with you about there shouldn’t be any reshoots after principal photography wraps. The magic in making a film is in the editing room. But like you said, many times studios would test the original cut and if the audience hates certain elements of the film, they’ll order reshoots. A good example would the original POINT BREAK, the film was going end right after the skydiving scene where Bodhi got away and Utah gets his girl back. But the test audience didn’t like the fact that the bad guys got away and they wanted to see showdown between Utah and Bodhi. So of course they shot a fight scene between the two months later and shows that Bodhi dies at the end.

      1. Yup, exactly. Have you heard of Bill Hicks? Best comedian ever, he spoke about this issue back in the 90’s, talking about Basic Instinct and how the test audience were ‘turned off’ by the lesbian scenes. Bloody hilarious, but so true as well

    2. Yes, Viggo Mortensen & Daniel Day Lewis on screen together would be amazing indeed! I’d love to see Viggo working w/ my crush Sam Riley again too, they had a brief scene together in On The Road and it was wonderful!

      I saw The Two Faces of January and the pairing of Oscar & Viggo was the main draw!

      I’m with you about reshoots btw, esp when it was done because of the reason you mentioned!

      1. Have you heard of Bill Hicks? Best comedian ever, back in the 90’s he talked about his disgust towards ‘test audiences’, who apparently were ‘turned off’ by the lesbian content in Basic Instinct, so they chopped bits out. It is a really funny bit, and SO ahead of its time. Watch it till the end, I’d love to hear your reaction. Its crappy quality but you can hear him fine

  9. Hi Ruth! 1. The original animated version is a classic and many of the tunes are catchy. It’ll be interesting to hear these actors sing but I can’t say I’m super excited for the live action film.

    2. I always keep an eye open for new shows I might like. The premise sounds intriguing and If the early reviews are positive I might give it a try. An episode order of 20 is pretty uncommon for Showtime, as far as I know, so they must believe in it.

    3. I’ve only watched Ocean’s 11 (2001) and I didn’t enjoy it as much as others. I’m not sure who I would cast maybe British actress like Hellen Mirren or Tilda Swinton.

    4. Cumberbatch and Hiddleston (not as a buddy cop movie) but in something else could be interesting.

    5. During Back To The Future filming, they recast the lead role and reshot footage with Michael J. Fox. I think he’s pretty iconic in that role, he could do the comedy and drama.

    1. Hello Eddie, thanks again for taking part this month!

      The songs of the animated version is absolutely beautiful, I think they’re keeping that which is a good sign. I have a feeling they tested the actors to make sure they could sing, but I don’t know if this is gonna be a musical.

      Yeah, I think Craig made a ton of $$$ as the exec producer too, looks like he doesn’t need the money from the Bond producers. I hope he’ll really move on so we can get a new, fresh 007!

      Oooh I’d love to see Swinton and Mirren work together!! Whatever it is I will watch it!

      Cumberbatch and Hiddleston had small roles in War Horse and even the interviews w/ the two of them are fun to watch!

  10. I think I am the only person who is really not at all interested in Beauty and the Beast… and I can’t stand Daniel Craig. I would like to see Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston on screen together though.

    1. I’m sure you’re not the only one Abbi, but I guess I’m a sucker for Disney princess movies!

      Fassy & Hiddles together would be cool, maybe in an unconventional genre too, like Euro Western or something.

  11. 1. Love your idea about Jean Dujardin! But this looks good too…is it a musical? Because that lessens my excitement

    2. Honestly it will just be nice to see Craig in something other than Bond. Not that he was bad as 007 but he is so much better in other stuff

    3. I think Ghostbusters will tank. The script is atrocious and the movie looks awful and I LOVE Melissa McCarthy. But really it will do a lot of harm for female lead comedies. Elizabeth Bans just got cast in that Ocean’s 11 thing so that’s great, I like her a lot. And Carter is in this too so it will be cool she will bring her dose of quirky.

    4. Hardy and Statham. For reasons 🙂

    5. I don’t know which films went through reshoots..but boy I hope SSquad is good

    1. Hi Margaret! I think Dujardin was considered at some point, but not sure why he wasn’t cast. I mean he’d be perfect! Well, according to Wiki, the movie is supposed to be a ‘straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical’ Heh I was hoping it wouldn’t be a musical per se, even if some musical segments are probably expected.

      Yeah, I’m keen in seeing Craig in other things too. His role in ‘Purity’ series sounds really good.

      I don’t have a strong feeling about the new Ghostbuster movie, regardless of it being all-female or not. But I do like the idea of female-led Ocean’s movie! Oooh you’re referring to Helena Bonham Carter? I always love her even in small roles and yes she’ll add a dose of quirkiness!

      WHOA! Hardy and Statham NEEDS to do a movie together, doesn’t even matter what but even better if it’s a comedy!! 😀

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