Tom Hardy is a web-slinging anti-hero!

A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures announced that the Marvel character and Spider-Man antagonist Venom would be featured in a standalone spinoff set to arrive in theaters sometime next year. The fan-favorite character has already made his big-screen debut in the disappointing blockbuster Spider-Man 3, portrayed by Topher Grace, but this project is seen as an opportunity for Sony to get the character right and potentially usher in a new anti-hero universe based on Spider-Man’s rogues gallery.

News has broken that names have now been confirmed to sign on for the spinoff. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will direct and Oscar nominee Tom Hardy is set to star in film.

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the latter of whom worked on 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, wrote the script for Venom. Plot details are being kept in the black but Hardy, who is said to be a Venom fan, will play Eddie Brock, the character who first became Venom.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal.

The internet is calling this casting a coup and I can’t help but agree. Hardy is an excellent actor who is a year removed from his first Oscar nomination in The Revenant and has starred in action and drama movies a plenty including Inception, Warrior, has a superhero movie under his belt already portraying the sinister Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, rode through the wasteland in Mad Max: Fury Road and will star in the upcoming Dunkirk; I can’t help but be impressed by Hardy’s body of work thus far and I look forward to seeing him give life to this tragic and deadly character. Venom is set to snare an audience on October 5, 2018.

It’s Official! Daniel Craig is done as 007!

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I took an interest in the James Bond film franchise in high school. I believe I have seen every Bond film from the Sean Connery era, Pierce Brosnan era, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and I believe I have seen the George Lazenby Bond flick only once. Anyway, I found out that Daniel Craig would be the next in line to get the license to kill in high school and I have respected his performance as James Bond from Casino Royale, to Quantum of Solace, to Skyfall to Spectre, even though half of the Bond films of his time weren’t exactly up to snuff. After Skyfall, I started to hear whispers that Craig was considering relinquishing his role as Bond even though he was being looked at for one or two additional films. I was hoping he would return but alas he has chosen to walk away from the role of James Bond.

Insiders said Craig turned down a £68million ($99 million) offer from MGM studio to return as Bond for two more films following last year’s hit Spectre. The sum included endorsements, profit shares, and a role for him working as a co-producer.

So that’s that! The Bond films of his time were hit and miss but he did a fine job as Bond in my opinion and I wish him well in his endeavors after making this decision. Now MGM studios have to begin work on who is to replace him as the next James Bond. Here are actors who have been speculated to become the seventh actor to portray James Bond:

Tom Hiddleston

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Idris Elba

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Henry Cavill

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Michael Fassbender

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Colin Farrell

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Tom Hardy

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Damian Lewis

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It’s should be interesting to see how this plays out. Until it does, the world will have to wait and see who takes up the mantle of Agent 007.

May the Force Be With You Alden Ehrenreich!

When you see a particular actor or actress occupy a role for so long, give the role an identity that the world will recognize forever, then step down, only to have a new face give a new young actor or actress take the mantle, no doubt that the new kid will have very impossible shoes to fill. It has happened before. Case and point: Mel Gibson was the original Mad Max Rockatansky for George Miller’s original trilogy, only to have Tom Hardy wear the Road Warrior’s skin in last year’s acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road. Another case and point: the young trio or Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Alexandra Shipp as the new incarnations of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, succeeding James Marsden, Famke Jannsen and Halle Berry. Alden Ehrenreich now has big shoes to fill.

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The 26 year old California native, known for his roles in the recent Coen Brothers flick Hail, Caesar!, Blue Jasmine, and Stoker has landed the role of Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology series based on the origins of the man who would captain the Millennium Falcon. He will succeed Harrison Ford who has held the iconic role since the first Star Wars film and he recently jumped back into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The directors of THE LEGO Movie, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord have been chosen to direct the upcoming origin story and the screenplay is accredited to Jon and Lawrence Kasdan.

I’ve only seen so little of Alden Ehrenreich’s work but from what I understand this was an extensive search and he must have convinced someone that he had what it takes to shoot first. The Star Wars Anthology film on Han Solo is set to arrive in theaters on May 25, 2018.

2016 Oscar Predictions Part III

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Buckle-up and here we go! We’re out of the technical achievement woods and now focus is upon six of the biggest categories of the night! Let’s begin!

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Alicia Vikander-The Danish Girl
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh-The Hateful Eight
  • Kate Winslet-Steve Jobs
  • Rachel McAdams-Spotlight
  • Rooney Mara-Carol

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Alicia Vikander-The Danish Girl

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Christian Bale-The Big Short
  • Mark Ruffalo-Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance-Bridge of Spies
  • Tom Hardy-The Revenant
  • Sylvester Stallone-Creed

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Sylvester Stallone-Creed

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Best Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cate Blanchett-Carol
  • Brie Larson-Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence-Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling-45 Years
  • Saiorse Ronan-Brooklyn

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Brie Larson-Room

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Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bryan Cranston-Trumbo
  • Matt Damon-The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender-Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne-The Danish Girl

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant

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Best Director:

  • Lenny Abrahamson-Room
  • George Miller-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant
  • Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Tom McCarthy-Spotlight

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant

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Best Picture:

I predict that the Oscar will go to:

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Chris Rock will host the Oscars on February 28th. The full list of nominees can be found here. Click here for Part I of my predictions and here for Part II. I will be blogging throughout the ceremony, so be sure to check my social media outlets.

The Critics Choice for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Is:

Nominees:

  • Paul Dano, Love and Mercy
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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Behold! The Nominees for the 88th Annual Academy Awards!

oscar-guyAfter months and months of waiting, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have spoken! This morning, President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs, along with Guillermo Del Toro, Ang Lee and John Krazinski unveiled the nominees in the 24 categories for the 88th Academy Awards! Let’s dive right into those categories shall we?

Foreign Language Film:

  • A War (Denmark)
  • Embrace of the Serpent (Columbia)
  • Mustang (France)
  • Son of Saul (Hungary)
  • Theeb (Jordan)

Documentary:

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Look of Silence
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Visual Effects:

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Animated Feature Film:

  • Anomalisa
  • O Menino eo Mundo (Boy and the World)
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep
  • When Marnie Was There

Costume Design:

  • Sandy Powell-Carol
  • Sandy Powell-Cinderella
  • Jenny Beavan-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Paco Delgado-The Danish Girl
  • Jacqueline West-The Revenant

Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Original Song:

  • Earned It-Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Manta Ray-Facing Extinction
  • Simple Song #3-Youth
  • Til it Happens to You-The Hunting Ground
  • Writing’s On the Wall-Spectre

Original Score:

  • Thomas Newman-Bridge of Spies
  • Carter Burwell-Carol
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson-Sicario
  • John Williams-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Ennio Morricone-The Hateful Eight

Production Design:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Film Editing:

  • Margaret Sixel-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Tom McArdle-Spotlight
  • Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Hank Corwin-The Big Short
  • Stephen Mirrione-The Revenant

Cinematography:

  • Edward Lachman-Carol
  • John Seale-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Roger Deakins-Sicario
  • Robert Richardson-The Hateful Eight
  • Emmanuel Lubezki-The Revenant

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Nick Hornby-Brooklyn
  • Phyllis Nagy-Carol
  • Emma Donoghue-Room
  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Drew Goddard-The Martian

Original Screenplay:

  • Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen-Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland-Ex Machina
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley-Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy-Spotlight
  • Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff-Straight Outta Compton

Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Alicia Vikander-The Danish Girl
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh-The Hateful Eight
  • Kate Winslet-Steve Jobs
  • Rachel McAdams-Spotlight
  • Rooney Mara-Carol

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Christian Bale-The Big Short
  • Mark Ruffalo-Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance-Bridge of Spies
  • Tom Hardy-The Revenant
  • Sylvester Stallone-Creed

Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cate Blanchett-Carol
  • Brie Larson-Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence-Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling-45 Years
  • Saiorse Ronan-Brooklyn

Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bryan Cranston-Trumbo
  • Matt Damon-The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender-Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne-The Danish Girl

Direction:

  • Lenny Abrahamson-Room
  • George Miller-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant
  • Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Tom McCarthy-Spotlight

Best Picture:

The full list of nominees can be found via the provided link. Later I will provide my analysis of the Oscars’ class of 2015 and I will post my predictions in the coming weeks. Chris Rock will host the festivities and the 88th Annual Academy Awards will be televised on ABC on February 28, 2016.