BURBANK, Calif. — Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Aquaman,” helmed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”). Jason Momoa stars in the title role, returning to the character he plays in this fall’s “Justice League.”
The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (upcoming “Baywatch,” Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Atlanna.
The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Wan’s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk M. Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films) and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy; “The Amazing Spider-Man”), along with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Charles Gibson (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2”) and VFX supervisor Kelvin McIlwain (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise).
As is fitting for the king of the sea, the shoot will take place mainly in locations spanning the stunning Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, with extensive filming to be accomplished at Village Roadshow Studios. The production will utilize the facility’s sprawling backlot and all nine VRS soundstages, including its newest, Stage 9, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Filming will also take place in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia.
An icon for over 75 years, Aquaman is known by fans of DC Comics as the ruler of Atlantis but committed to protecting the entire globe, both land and sea.
Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters from DC.
What’s up with production on Future Man? Some behind-the-scenes hints
Even though Josh Hutcherson recently told a radio audience
he’d start production on Future Man
in March, fans are still hungry for details about Josh’s first starring role in
a television series. A few clues from
social media gathered over the last few weeks start to paint a picture of what
the show entails.
Most recently, Hulu gave fans a new promotional spot
featuring Hutcherson in full futuristic battle gear as his character, Josh
Futterman. But as far back as February, it started to become clearer that
production was gearing up. Movie fans spotted both co-creator
Seth Rogen and actor Haley Joel Osment (who plays Dr. Camillo) on the Sony lot.
The biggest indicator that production
was underway came from Josh’s co-star Eliza Coupe, who was spotted by a fan of Hutcherson at an L.A. nail shop, sporting her character Tiger’s signature purple hair.
Just a couple of days later, Coupe and her stylists posted the first pictures of the “do” on Instagram.
In the meantime, all the behind the scenes elements of the
show seem to be coming together. Staff at the art department has been at it for
weeks, working out of an office on the Sony lot. “Pre-visualization” work on
special effects and sound editing is in full swing. Stuntmen gathered to rehearse fights for the upcoming show.
All of this indicates a fairly big budget, and a glance at
the crew list seems to support that. Professionals involved in the production
even include some Hunger Games alums.
Nikoletta Skarlatos is on board in the makeup department, and artist Luca
Nemolato, who designed the terrifying “lizard mutts” of Mockingjay Part 2, is involved as well. It’ll be fun to see what vision Nemolato might be bringing to the
Hutcherson has said he’d love to see the show premiere when
Hulu’s summer shows hit the air. Given the extent of the production, and Rogen
and Evan Goldberg’s commitment to AMC’s Preacher,
fans may not see Future Man until
fall. Based on what’s happening behind the scenes, though, it may be well worth
the extra wait.
First things first kiddos I missed the beginning of the ep and came in when Octavia of Gonder and Not-So-Murderous Elf Prince were snuggling, and was just like “….k.”
But really, this felt like a very uneven episode. There were some really great moments mixed with some really not-so-great moments, and maybe it’ll improve once I’ve seen the start but honestly I doubt it.
All of the Science Island stuff was top notch though, from Murphy and Emori being like “fuck it, let’s go live in a bunker and hope we don’t have to eat each other” to Murphy and Raven having such a beautifully touching moment. And Lindsey fucking KILLED IT, so brave and strong and smart and sad.
Also top notch? BELLAMY AND HIS DELINQUENTS. He’s letting them go, and protecting them from violence and having adults once again overrule their wishes. Bellamy snapping you sent them down here to die was a really great moment, as was Jaha (what am I calling him these days? Cult Dad? I don’t think that was it, but I’m gonna go with it) seeing Wells in window.
Harper just giving up was really painful to watch, but even more painful was Monty’s pain in seeing it happen. He’s losing everyone but staying so strong and god I want him to be wrapped in a blanket and given like, 15 hugs.
For once I didn’t want to give Clarke a hug, though. Look, girl. I know you’re trying. And your Polis 2.0 hair is wayyyyy better than your hair last season and overall you were like, crazy fucking hot this episode, and you really thought that you being the Commander would fix things.
But that culture does not belong to you and it never will. I cheered when Abby and Roan fucked it all up for her, even though I know she meant well. There’s some shit that’s just never fucking okay, and “Clarke being commander” is one of those things. Roan calling her out on her arrogance was a great fucking moment and I may or may not have cheered. (They really are not great at writing coherent Grounder culture, so whenever they try I just cringe and wait for it to be over. I hope s5 serves as a soft reboot and we lose most of this garbage, because it just isn’t very well done.)
Octavia of Gondor murdering all of those random grounders while Not-So-Murderous Elf Prince left for like two seconds was kind of hilarious though. (Someone please insert him into that scene from Community when Troy comes back with pizza to fire and chaos and death.) But Octavia has been verrrry stagnant as a character (or rather she gets better and then regresses immediately) for so long that I am not really enjoying her too much. Hopefully she pulls out of it soon.
Not hilarious? Bellamy’s goodbye to Harper and Jasper. Jasper, in particular. I have a LOT of feelings about how Jasper was the first non-Octavia, non-Clarke person that Bellamy really, genuinely took under his wing in s1 who didn’t then immediately commit a murder seemingly on his advice. He loves Jasper so much, and for Bellamy to just leave him behind shows so much growth and strength and god, Bob looked so sad in that scene. Snaps all around.
Lastly, not gonna lie, Bellamy “I lose all hand-to-hand combat fights unless they’re against Murphy; no really even my brother-in-law going easy on me had me pinned in less than ten seconds” Blake is really lucky Octavia of Gondor showed up to fight. Because he was gonna volunteer and then lose in like, two minutes. He does not stand a fucking chance against Luna.
Next week: We’re going full Hunger Games. I hope Peeta shows up to make me swoon.
When you begin filming a movie, the odds are ever in your favor that you’ll develop a special bond with the cast and crew.
Such was the case for The Hunger Games cast who not only completed several films together, they traveled the world to support each and every installment.
Whether posing on the red carpet or attending award shows together, there was chemistry and a bond between Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and more cast members that could not be denied.
But as the fifth anniversary of The Hunger Games hits today, many familiar faces from the film aren’t as close anymore.
No, there wasn’t a big feud or drama behind the scenes. Instead, it appears to be a combination of distance, busy schedules and new projects.
We decided to take a trip down memory lane to see what other casts gradually became more distant. Don’t cry that the closeness is over. Smile because it was real and happened!
People say they love behind the scenes videos to show how movies are made… well this is how a lot of the sounds you barely notice (but couldn’t live without) are created. Gary Hecker (Django Unchained, Hancock, 300), Dawn Lunsford (Whiplash, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Alicia Stevenson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, X-Men, Transformers: Age of Extinction) take viewers through the process of what they do as Foley Artists for film.
Do you have any good Merlin fanfictions you can rec? Merthur or otherwise?
I’ve been putting off this question ONLY BECAUSE… I had to go through several fanfic rec lists that I’ve followed before to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I wish I was more organized! I should really start my own reclist but unfortunately my list is going to be fairly short given that I’m an incredibly slow reader as it is and I usually go for 100k epics… so when I DO read, those sorts of stories hold my attention for quite awhile.
Everything’s Merthur and I’m not apologizing for it. I wouldn’t mind reading some Merdred and Mergana though! I’m always open for recommendations for any pairing, really.
We Are All Diamonds by footloose : This was one of my first Merthur fanfics and by far still one of my all time favorites. This one was recommended to me by a good friend of mine. Just— everything footloose does… and I mean everything— they have a way with words and painting a scene and you can tell research is put behind all of their works. The word count is high but the writing captures you immediately and the buildup between Arthur’s and Merlin’s relationship is perfect. All time favorite right here. 10/10 would read again.
Tributes by TheAvalonian : This is one of those The Hunger Games / Merlin crossovers. I read this in one night and it’s just over 80k words long. Um. It’s really good, okay? Technically a romance but you know, it really does concentrate a bit more on the games if I remember correctly. I mean, there are cameras and they’re well aware of that so if you’re looking for smut recs, don’t go here. But recs with plot? Yes.
The Sorcerer and the King by winterhill : This was, I think, quite literally the second fanfic I ever read in the Merlin fandom. THIS STORY IS SICK. It’s a great canon-divergent AU if that’s what you’re into— and I could certainly use more of those. Because while I like modern verses, it’s the canon-setting AU’s that are my favorite and this story, while it borders a bit on the uncomfortable with certain aspects, was definitely worth the read. Excellent plot and the scenes with magic were simply stunning.
Overboard by shiny-starlight : Takes place in a modern setting— one of those, Merlin and Arthur meet and can’t stand each other at first. This one has a REALLY fun twist to it though and I have every intention of reading this again.
Game, Set, Match by ingberry : A bit shorter than what I’m used to reading— this was adorable. And Merlin’s jokes were the absolute best part of this, in my honest opinion. The sexual tension was also pretty awesome.
Stars Above, Stones Below by Destina : Funny story with this— I actually haven’t finished reading it yet. I have several fanfics that are ‘slowly in progress of being read’ and this has been sitting in my tabs for several months now because I keep jumping around. I do that a lot with stories, actually, so that by no means is to be taken as this story is anything less than absolutely amazing. It makes it much more than that, because USUALLY I won’t recommend a fanfic I haven’t finished all the way through. I just— I love how they handled Merlin’s magic reveal. Love love love love love.
Shelter from the Storm by scatterglory : One-shot, shorter than what I usually read, but so incredibly unique and sad and bittersweet. It has a happy ending though, no worries. UGH, IT WAS SO GOOD THOUGH.
So those are all the stories that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and would read again… now let’s talk about my favorite authors who have countless stories.
Hisa-Ai : This author’s an avid Merthur writer and omfgggg all her stories (or the ones I’ve had the chance to read) have that sweet undertone that I generally LOVE to read in one-shots. For the fluffy ones at least— I’ve yet to read any of her angst but it’s coming. But that lighthearted interaction is my favorite— the banter is the best and I just love how she portrays Merlin and Arthur’s chemistry. My favorites so far have been I Think You Dropped Something (You Bought Roses) (GOD THIS WAS SO GOOD), Something In the Air, Your Seat, and Worth the Wait. There’s still soooo much more I want to read by her. <3
neuroticnick : I’m not gonna like, this writer is my smut central when I want to read REALLY GOOD SMUT but still have an amazing drawn out plot. OMFG, THEY HAVE WRITTEN SO MUCH. And here’s the thing— it’s all so very different. Nine times out of ten, I’ve found Merlin to be the more dominant partner and I like that a lot because people tend to write it the other way. But— gosh, they switch up so many characteristics but they make it work. It’s really amazing. You’ve gotta check them out. Some HAVE been my cup of tea while others were more ehhhh, especially the PWP’s but that’s what I love about neuroticnick. I think there’s something for everyone. My favorites include My Boy Builds Cars, You’re the Voice (omfg, read it. Read it. Do yourself a favor.), and I Only Wanna Dance With You.
It’s, again, by footloose. Same author as with We Are All Diamonds mentioned above. I’ve been slowly following this series since… April? May? Either way— I’m on the thirteenth installment now out of fourteen. The series is still ongoing. The word count is, um, massive.
It is so worth the read.
Basically— I remember looking at the summary for this and thinking ‘military fic? no thanks’. Like, that’s not something I would generally read. But when a friend recommended it later, I said, alright. Let’s give it a shot. The first book— once you get used to all the military lingo (it’s probably not as bad as I’m making it out to be), the story really took off. Merlin and Arthur meeting for the first time is always a favorite of mine in modern fics and it did not disappoint. The sexual tension is excruciating as the series goes on and it is one of the slowest relationship buildups ever in the history of ever, which also really tickles my fancy. If you’re looking for a quick Merthur hookup, this is not the story series for you. BUT— if you want something epic, this is it. Look no further. IT IS HERE.
The characters are very three-dimensional. Not just Merlin and Arthur, but you get a look at characters like Will, Freya, Hunith, Gwaine, Kay (who’s my favorite of the team), Bohrs, Mordred, Aredian— just… I cannot rave enough about this series and how footloose brings all these characters so vividly to life. All of them. The whole plot is about the fight against magic— which inevitably everyone has to learn isn’t really a fight against magic but a fight against power because once they learn of Merlin’s magic— it’s not about the magic itself but how it’s used.
It’s full of so many twists and turns. I promise, despite it’s length, it doesn’t drag. There is a point to everything. So much adventure, conspiracy, undercover things, MAGIC, hidden plots, and everything eventually connects and comes together. Every installment has that huge building climax towards the end that makes you want to cancel all your plans for the day and just sit at home and get through it. Just. Yeah. 10/10 recommend. If you’re alright with buckling in for a long series, you should definitely give it a go.
I wrote a lot for that— but to be fair, that’s like, a review for 13 books I’ve read, okay? XD