Sylvester Stallone electrified moviegoers with the 1976 classic Rocky, but few people realize the tale of an ordinary guy stepping into the ring with the heavyweight champion was inspired by real-life events, when a New Jersey prizefighter named Chuck Wepner shocked the world by going toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali for fifteen grueling rounds. And although Wepner didn’t quite “go the distance” like his big screen avatar – he lost the bout via TKO with mere seconds left in the final round – his underdog story turned him into a hometown hero.
With the massive popularity enjoyed by HBO’s medieval fantasy saga Game of Thrones, a gritty reboot of the Arthurian legend was bound to come along sooner or later, and Warner Bros. made the seemingly inspired choice to tap Guy Ritchie for the job. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword reimagines the once and future monarch (Charlie Hunnam) as a smirking, streetwise hustler, the sort of rogue that would feel right at home in one of the gangster flicks that make up Ritchie’s most revered material, and this idea works far better than you might think.
We got our first look at Blade Runner 2049 back in December, when an all-too-brief teaser trailer reintroduced audiences to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the character he played more than 30 years ago in Ridley Scott’s original neon-soaked sci-fi tale. Now it’s time to meet his younger counterpart, Officer K (Ryan Gosling) in the film’s first full-length trailer.
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Dutch author Herman Koch, The Dinner opens with ex-history teacher Paul (Steve Coogan) trying to negotiate his way out of a scheduled dinner with his older brother, a Congressman (Richard Gere) campaigning for the governor’s seat. Paul’s wife Claire (Laura Linney) is having none of it, as there’s an important family matter that needs to be discussed involving a horrific act perpetrated by their teenage son and the Congressman’s two boys.
Marvel is preparing to kick off one of their biggest years as a studio to date this week with the theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Picking up just a few months after the events of the first Guardians, the sequel follows the characters as they try and escape the wrath of some vengeful ex-clients, and Peter Quill’s life is thrown into disarray when his biological father shows up, promising to have answers to all of his son’s questions.
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of Marvel’s biggest risks, and also arguably its largest creative success to date. Director James Gunn’s mixture of emotion, humor, and that amazing 70’s era soundtrack had audiences surprised and delighted, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 aims to show that the first film wasn’t just a fluke with a bigger, more colorful sequel that doesn’t surpass the original, but is a more than worthy follow-up.
The culmination of the Netflix and Marvel partnership is finally headed to streaming devices this fall, when the “street level” heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – join forces in The Defenders. The series will premiere in August, but the first look is available now.
Princess Diana of Themyscira is mere weeks away from make her solo debut on the big screen, so what better time to celebrate the Amazonian Warrior Princess than now? The latest Legion of Collectors Funko-powered subscription box for DC Comics fans with 100% exclusive items pays tribute to the greatest female superhero of all time: Wonder Woman.
Stephen King’s epic fantasy series The Dark Tower has enjoyed a long and complicated road to the big screen, changing directors, studios and cast members almost too many times to count. But the wait is almost over, and in just over three months the world of Roland Deschain will finally be seen on the big screen.
Music of John Williams is coming to the Orpheum Theatre courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony next week on May 12, 13 & 14. Following the success of our Harry Potter Film Concert Series giveaway, The Nerd Repository is giving you another chance to attend an awesome nerd event in Phoenix with tickets to the Music of John Williams performance of your choice!