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.


Venom Is Coming To Theaters In 2018


Image by Marvel Comics

First, the Marvel Cinematic Universe acquired the rights to reboot one of Marvel’s most celebrated superheroes and thrust him into the action in Captain America: Civil War. Then, New York’s favorite friendly neighborhood wall-crawler was given a new lease on life with a new actor and an upcoming cinematic adventure titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now, one of Spider-Man’s most deadliest adversaries has been granted an opportunity to spin his own web and tell his own story. In 2018, Venom will star in his own feature-length motion picture as a possible spin-off to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In the wake of Warner Bros. shifting Aquaman to Dec. 21, 2018, Sony has taken the opportunity to quickly slide Venom into the vacated date of Oct. 5, 2018, EW has learned.

This is certainly a fascinating development since Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters in a few months and now, Marvel Studios must work quickly to get this film into production if it wants to stick to its release date. In fact, a Venom spin-off has been in turnaround since 2013, so maybe a script can be worked out due time.

For those unfamiliar with Venom’s character, the first time he appeared on film was in the woefully disappointing Spider-Man 3, portrayed by Topher Grace. Courtesy of Wikipedia, here is a quick character bio of the Marvel villain:

Venom, or the Venom Symbiote, is an alias used by several fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with Spider-Man. Venom made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988).[1] Venom was originally conceived as a supervillain, but has since become more of an antihero. Venom is a Symbiote, a sentient alien, with a gooey, almost liquid-like form. As with real-world symbiotes, it requires a host, usually human, to bond with for its survival. After bonding, the Symbiote endows its enhanced powers upon the host. When the Venom Symbiote bonds with a human, that new dual-life form refers to itself as “Venom”.

The Venom Symbiote’s first known host was Spider-Man, who eventually separated himself from the creature when he discovered its true nature. The Symbiote went on to merge with other hosts, most notably Eddie Brock, its second and most infamous host, with whom it first became Venom and one of Spider-Man’s archenemies.

What Marvel will do with this character remains to be seen but he certainly has the clout to carry his own feature film. October 5, 2018 is not too far away for Venom to swing into theaters.

Review: Interstellar

We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, for our destiny lies above us.

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is perhaps his most powerful cinematic feat to date.

Dissecting this line from Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey from the new film directed by Academy Award nominee Christopher Nolan can be interpreted in so many ways. It can be an ode to the pioneer nature of humanity; the ability to go further than the boundaries we set for ourselves, it can be interpreted as the director attempting to break barriers where before he simply scratches the surface but whatever this line signifies, it serves as the backbone of Interstellar.

Cooper plays a single father of two children, Murph and Tom, living on a farm under siege from endless waves of dust. With climate change and overpopulation, the planet Earth is well into its twilight phase, unable to produce the necessary resources to sustain life for the human race. A series of strange astronomical events lead Cooper to the remnants of NASA, led by a professor named Brand, played by Academy Award winner Michael Caine, who has spent decades trying to find a solution to the calamity facing mankind.

Brand informs Cooper that the only way to save the human race is to make use of a newly discovered wormhole that connects our solar system to a distant galaxy with planets capable of sustaining life and Cooper’s background as a NASA test pilot qualifies him, Brand’s daughter Amelia, played by Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, and two other scientists named Romily, played by David Gyasi, and Doyle, played by Wes Bentley, to undertake an expedition to survey these planets and determine whether or not they are worthy of becoming the new Earth, but this expedition comes at a price. The time they take to survey this new system, could mean that an unforeseen amount of time could pass on Earth meaning that by the time they potentially complete their mission, decades could have passed on Earth and humanity could be deep in the grave they call a planet.

Written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, overseen by theoretical physicist and executive producer Kip Thorne, accompanied by the audaciously booming score of Hans Zimmer, photographed by Hoyte Van Hoytema, and edited by Lee Smith, Interstellar is complex, confusing, extensive and stupendous in terms of story, scope, visuals, pacing and attention to detail.

Christopher Nolan has hailed this film as the most ambitious work he has ever attempted and that ambition simply gushes from the screen onto the audience. He and his brother painstakingly attempt to craft this beautifully sentimental story about a father who must leave his children to undertake a dangerous journey to give them a better future around actual scientific theory regarding wormholes, black holes, temporal-spacial distortions, gravitational fluctuations using dazzling visual and sound effects to craft one of the most relentless and outstanding cinematic events of the year.

Matthew McConaughey is in command of the expedition to a new galaxy in Interstellar

Nolan himself admits that he made this film on the inspiration of the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey and that inspiration is not lost on the audience as he takes a lot of cues from that movie as well as two of the most acclaimed technical cinematic achievements of the last few years: Gravity and Life of Pi; Interstellar is the next film that aims to follow in the footsteps of these two celebrated works of cinema in terms of visual effects, cinematography, editing, sound quality to name a few. Interstellar is worthy to be in the pantheon of these great cinematic achievements and one of the best science fiction films released to date, particularly for its use in interpreting what these astronomical events can look like; astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson apparently liked how Interstellar tackles some of these theories and possibly held the film in better standing than Gravity.

The diverse cast of the film including McConaughey, Hathaway, Caine, Gyasi, Doyle, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyewolo, are probably the best acting ensemble on screen so far this year. For a movie that highlights the science, and considering Christopher Nolan is a director who prides himself on grounding everything in a realist realm, there area certainly some strong acting performances in this movie, especially from McConaughey, Hathaway, Caine and Chastain.

The issue with Interstellar is that it is perhaps the most overwhelming film of the year in terms of going into detail about everything. The Nolan brothers showcase their dedication, but this movie just simply overwhelms its audience with the sheer size and scope of its gravity over these details; audiences are so subdued by the experience of witnessing an excursion of this unprecedented magnitude, brains are figuratively reduced to a puddle of goo.

Take my word for it: This movie is meant to be seen in IMAX format! If you see Interstellar in IMAX, it will count as one of the greatest cinematic experiences you will ever see. This movie is built on the backbone of scientific theory, it is suspenseful, it is beautiful, it is larger than life and it is one of the best films of the year.

Going “Interstellar” could save mankind.

On November 7th, visionary director Christopher Nolan will attract audiences with his most ambitious project yet. Mankind has exhausted the Earth’s ability to produce the materials necessary for survival and could possible face extinction if a solution is not found. Theorists such as Michael Caine’s character suggest that the solution cannot be found on Earth, but beyond. A group turns to a man named Cooper, played by Best Actor Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, for his piloting skills could prove essential for the survival of mankind. Cooper and a team of astronauts are to explore the possibility of humanity traveling through the stars. The latest trailer for “Interstellar” has arrived, and it is in the typical Christopher Nolan style of trailers: cryptic, entrancing and eye-popping.

“Interstellar” is co-written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, David Oyelowo, Topher Grace and Wes Bentley. “Interstellar” arrives in theaters on November 7, 2014.

Nolan looks to the stars in new “Interstellar” trailer.

Christopher Nolan has quickly established himself as a prominent, powerful and very profound filmmaker with works such as “Memento,” “The Prestige,” “Inception” and of course, his “Dark Knight” Trilogy. Today, a trailer for his new project “Interstellar,” was released online. All that can be gleaned from this trailer is that cryptic notion that Nolan wants to venture into the vast reaches of space with the leading character played by Matthew McConaughey. Let’s watch:

The film stars McConaughey, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Casey Affleck with a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan. “Interstellar” will be released in November 2014.