A raft of thespians really made the effort to become unrecognisable for roles in 2016, whether through over-eating (McConaughey), heavy prosthetics (Downton’s Dan Stevens for ‘Beauty and the Beast’) or simply just bad eyebrows (John Travolta in ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson). Here are a few more of the best. Image credits: Reuters/Disney/Lionsgate/BBC/Associated Press/Cover Media/Warner/Universal/Deadline/Fox/Sony/Focus Features/FameFly/Instagram/AFP/FX/US Weekly/WENN/GC Images
It’s a running joke throughout the none-more-meta superhero comedy that budget and contracts prevent Deadpool from interacting with his more A-list Marvel stablemates – Deadpool himself frequently references X-Men that Fox didn’t allow us to see. Yes, the same turbine-powered mobile aircraft carrier as used by the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Fox weren’t allowed to reference the carrier by name, and the design had to be tweaked a little, but ‘Deadpool’ visual artist Emmanuel Shiu confirmed the connection.
The tangled and twisted ‘X-Men’ universe is so full of plot holes and parallel timelines it’s impossible to join the dots. By far the biggest plot hole in ‘Apocalypse’ is the fact that none of the characters seem to have aged at all – the film is set in 1983, 21 years after the events of ‘X-Men: First Class’, but the cast have barely aged a day.
Idris Elba’s ‘100 Streets’ is one such film. Elba, famed for his role in ‘The Wire’, has appeared in a host of features like the ‘Thor’ franchise, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Pacific Rim’, and this year’s ‘Zootropolis’. Joining him in ‘100 Strets’ are Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, and Franz Drameh, yet the British flick could only muster £245 in its opening weekend, according to HuffPost.
Depending on your point of view, 2016′s summer of blockbusters can be described as a number of things, with titles like ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Jason Bourne’, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘The BFG’, ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Finding Dory’ pleasing movie goers to varying degrees as well as being divisive with critics. Over at comScore, the numbers have been tallied and, according to The Wrap, 108 days after the first Friday in May 2016 summer films are ahead of 2015′s but only narrowly. Annual box office takings are up nearly 5%, which is largely down to a few big-hitters from the likes of Disney and Marvel, not to mention some consistent numbers from Warner Bros. too.
Fans of the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ movies will doubtless have noted that here was something missing from the latest instalment, ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Key in the first two movies, she does not appear in ‘Beyond’, and now co-star – and the movie’s writer – Simon Pegg has revealed why. “With this it felt like we would under-serve her if we included her,” he told the official ‘Star Trek’ podcast.
Despite its impressive gross and mostly positive reviews, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ was met with indifference by Trekkies when it was released back in 2013. Karl Urban insisted that he is delighted that he did make the decision to return for ‘Star Trek Beyond’.
George Takei has talked of his disappointment over the decision to reveal that Sulu is gay in the new ‘Star Trek’ movie, ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Writer and star Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty, had the idea to put Sulu in a same-sex relationship as a homage to Takei, who played the role in the original TV series, and who came out in 2005.
‘Star Trek’ is finally catching up with the 21st century as it’s been revealed that Mr. Sulu will be portrayed as a gay man in this summer’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Cho told the paper the decision was made by director Justin Lin and screenwriter Simon Pegg “as a nod” to George Takei who played the character in the original TV series and subsequent movies. Takei is openly gay now, but he had to hide his sexual orientation back in the 60s over fears it would ruin his career.
Zoe Saldana has taken to Instagram to post a shot of her redesigned costume for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond — and for the first time in the rebooted franchise, her Uhura is sporting sleeves! During a visit to the Vancouver set last summer, the actress talked up her new duds, which pay homage to the Enterprise uniform worn by Nichelle Nichols in the original 1960s series. Uhura’s 1960s costume featured stripes with a bit more squiggle.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ may be a matter of months away from its cinema release, but that hasn’t stopped director Justin Lin from doing a number of re-shoots as well as adding a completely new character to the mix. Furthermore, Deadline say that a new and extremely late addition to the cast has been made, in the form of Oscar-nominated actor Shohreh Aghdashloo. It’s also unclear what impact her character will have on the film’s plot, but it’s probably safe to say her addition, so near to release, won’t significantly reshape or alter the dynamic of the entire movie.