Briefs : Dune 4K, Dafoe is Spider-Man villain, Abrams on Star Wars & more

And check out that neat new poster for Sly’s “Rocky IV” director’s cut!

The worst kept secret in Hollywood seems to be inching closer to an official studio confirmation. The Schneider Cut podcast reports that Willem Dafoe’s The Green Goblin is the lead villain in the upcoming “Spider-Man : No Way Home”. The thesp reprises his role from Sam Raimi’s original trilogy of “Spider-Man” films, here leading a new ‘Sinister Six’ against the three Spideys (Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) in the picture. The Sinister Six will reportedly be made up of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), and potentially Sandman, Rhino, and Lizard.


Arrow films have announced a new 4K edition of David Lynch’s “Dune” for August.

Here are the specs :

4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
Original uncompressed stereo audio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Brand new audio commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
Brand new audio commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast
Impressions of Dune, a 2003 documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with star Kyle MacLachlan, producer Raffaella de Laurentiis, cinematographer Freddie Francis, editor Antony Gibbs and many others
Designing Dune, a 2005 featurette looking back at the work of production designer Anthony Masters
Dune FX, a 2005 featurette exploring the special effects in the film
Dune Models & Miniatures, a 2005 featurette focusing on the model effects in the film
Dune Costumes, a 2005 featurette looking at the elaborate costume designs seen in the film
Thirteen deleted scenes from the film, with a 2005 introduction by Raffaella de Laurentiis
Destination Dune, a 1983 featurette originally produced to promote the film at conventions and publicity events
Theatrical trailers and TV spots
Extensive image galleries, including hundreds of still photos

The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune, a brand new feature-length documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the making of the film, featuring dozens of new and archive interviews with cast and crew
Beyond Imagination: Merchandising Dune, a brand new featurette exploring the merchandise created to promote the film, featuring toy collector/producer Brian Sillman (The Toys That Made Us)
Prophecy Fulfilled: Scoring Dune, a brand new featurette on the film’s music score, featuring interviews with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, and film music historian Tim Greiving
Brand new interview with make-up effects artist Giannetto de Rossi, filmed in 2020
Archive interview with production coordinator Golda Offenheim, filmed in 2003
Archive interview with star Paul Smith, filmed in 2008
Archive interview with make-up effects artist Christopher Tucker



Former “Friday Night Lights” star Kyle Chandler has joined the cast of Showtime’s “Super Pumped”, a new anthology series with the first season based on Mike Isaac’s bestselling book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber. Chandler will star as Bill Gurley, the plainspoken, brilliant Texan venture capitalist who bets his sterling reputation on Uber’s success – and then has to live with the consequences. Chandler joins Emmy winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt who has signed on to star in the first installment as Travis Kalanick, Uber’s hard-charging CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup.


Todd Phillips will co-write a sequel to “Joker”. Previously, the filmmaker and Warner Bros were said to be merely considering a follow-up but nothing was set in stone. [More…]


JJ Abrams admits that his “Star Wars” trilogy could’ve been significantly better had they planned the three-movie story from the get-go. “I feel like what I’ve learned as a lesson a few times now, and it’s something that especially in this pandemic year working with writers (has become clear), the lesson is that you have to plan things as best you can, and you always need to be able to respond to the unexpected. And the unexpected can come in all sorts of forms, and I do think that there’s nothing more important than knowing where you’re going.” [More…]


Sylvester Stallone has revealed a new poster for his director’s cut of “Rocky IV”, which the actor and filmmaker says will premiere sometime in the near future in Philadelphia.


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Trevante Rhodes (of “The Predator”) will play heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson in the new HULU series “Iron Mike” [More…]


“Hereditary” star Nat Wolff has been cast as Travis Maldonado, one of Joe’s (John Cameron Mitchell) husbands, in the limited series “Joe Exotic”.  [More…]


“Top Gun : Maverick” actor Miles Teller has replaced Armie Hammer as studio chief Al Ruddy in Paramount+’s “The Offer”, about the making of “The Godfather”. [More…]

Miles Teller in “Top Gun : Maverick”


Upon Chris Conrad’s exit, HBO Max have tapped Freddie Stroma to play Vigilante in “The Suicide Squad” spin-off “Peacemaker”. The character, “otherwise known as Adrian Chase, a hand-to-hand combatant, a brilliant marksman and a master of the lariat” is a “New York City DA who sought justice in his own way as his alter ego after his wife and kids were killed by mobsters. Vigilante also has the ability to heal quickly and regenerate his body from injuries as serious as stabbings or gunshot wounds.” [More…]


Netflix has announced that “Hellboy” actor Rupert Evans will be joining “Bridgerton”, playing Edmund Bridgerton, hubby to Violent Bridgerton.

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