Actor Andy Garcia has landed a leading role in the movie adaptation of animated TV series Max Steel. The Untouchables star will play the "brilliant and mysterious" Dr. Miles Edwards, who is a pivotal character in the Max Steel story.
Announcing the casting news, Dolphin Films CEO Bill O'Dowd says, "We're ecstatic to be working with legendary actor Andy Garcia. Dr. Miles Edwards is a very complicated character, and he is central to the entire mythology of Max Steel. The role requires a truly talented actor, and there is no one more qualified than Andy to tackle it."
Stewart Hendler is directing the 2015 film, which is set to start filming this week (ends02May14) in North Carolina.
Ben Winchell will star as Max McGrath, aka Steel, opposite Ana Villafane, who will play the title character's love interest.
Live together. Die alone. Kill a bunch of other people to appease your tyrannical government. You know the drill.
The second installment of The Hunger Games film series, Catching Fire, began shooting on Monday. Whereas the first movie set production in North Carolina, Catching Fire will film in Atlanta, Ga., and "the beaches and jungles of Hawaii," as indicated by a press release from Lionsgate.
You'd think that Hawaii — what with the legion of films and TV series that have opted to shoot there — would be able to conjure up a variety of connotations when it comes to show business: The Descendants, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, that three-part episode of The Brady Bunch. But no blockbuster movie or hit television show will ever rob Hawaii of its association with the most glorious small screen wonder that has ever called America's fiftieth state its home: Lost.
Just like the life-affirming ABC series, Catching Fire will be filming in the wild lands of Hawaii. The beaches, the jungles... the secret hatches? Just maybe. See, upon making note of this similarity between the two projects, we happened upon a remarkable amount of others. Similarities in characters, in plot points, in gaggles of demonic haze. It makes you wonder: are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Lost the exact same thing?!
Worst Tropical Paradise Ever
Let's start with the basics. Both material drops its characters into an ostensibly beautiful setting where you'd otherwise dream of spending your days. But then comes the sort of ordeal that might have inspired the great Jack Donaghy to pioneer the phrase, "I need a vacation from this vacation" — the savagery, betrayal, and inexplicable forces that face Katniss Everdeen's and Jack Shephard's teams alike. Speaking of the two heroes, they do seem to be cut from similar cloth. You might be able to wage this argument for any relatable hero set in the heat of a deadly adventure, but it works especially well here. Katniss and Jack are kindred spirits. Reluctant leaders called upon to provide nurturing, guidance, and wisdom, though not always to the greatest results. And don't even get us started on the love triangles.
Okay, You Can Get Us Started on the Love Triangles
The love triangles is a driving force in these things. You'd think survival and figuring out what the hell is going on with all these crazy animals and tyrannical aristocrats would be top priority, but nope! It's all about the love. In the arena, you've got Katniss/Peeta/Gale. On the island, there's Jack/Kate/Sawyer. Or Jack/Kate/Juliet... or Jack/Juliet/Sawyer... or Sawyer/Juliet/Kate. Ana Lucia's in there somewhere. And speaking of Ana Lucia...
Johanna Lucia Mason
The second chapter of The Hunger Games trilogy introduces Johanna Mason, who, for all intents and purposes, is the worst. Everyone hates her, except possibly Katniss, who has this nagging compulsion to "find the good" in people, and even she is skeptical. Over on Lost, there's Ana Lucia, who is — beyond the perils of uncontrollable time travel and explosions of radioactivity — the worst thing the islanders have to deal with. They're both rough, tough girls who aren't afraid to kick ass and would rather be leading the group than playing second fiddle to everyone. Maybe that's why no one likes them.
Finnick Odesmond (admittedly, that joke doesn't work as well as the last one)
A poor, unfortunately, impossibly dreamy young man torn from his comfortable life and tossed into an island prison. And worse than all that? He's got someone at home waiting for him. The love of his life. For Catching Fire, this man is Finnick, who pines for his love Annie. On Lost, we have Desmond, whose life mission is to return to his beloved Penny. Whereas Finnick survived via the camaraderie of a crossbow, Demond did so by pressing a computer key every one hundred and eight minutes.
"We Have to Go Back."
You think that when you finally make your way out of this place, it's for good. You think that once you're off this forsaken beach, things will finally go back to normal. Well, you're wrong. When Katniss and crew get "rescued" from the Hunger Games towards the end of Catching Fire, things ain't so dandy on the outside. And they do, in fact, need to go back to rescue those left behind. Same on Lost. Fans will recall what premature relocation did to its favorite character: Hurley's hallucinations, Jin and Sun's marital problems, Jack's beard. Not to mention all the people who also got left behind. Poor Peeta. Poor Vincent.
Killer Monkeys Vs. Polar Bears
Granted, monkeys and polar bears are not exactly brethren, but they're both oddly displaced wild animals who have turned into vengeful beasts thanks to the horrors of this manic lands in Catching Fire and Lost, respectively. Plus, neither of these elements ever really gets fully explained...
Both have 'em!
And finally: the Smoke Monster
Even if none of the above descriptions convinced you (although how can you really argue against the helicopter thing?) this should take the cake. Both Catching Fire and Lost have a smoke monster. (Well, in Catching Fire it's more like a deadly mist, but what is mist if not pale smoke?) You can't really say that for many other works of fiction, can you? Maybe one or two, but that's it.
So as you can see, Catching Fire and Lost are one and the same. Island fans, this could be the big screen incarnation we've always kind of dreamed of. And Catching Fire fans... well, it's Catching Fire. So you should probably like it.
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This episode of Eastbound and Down managed to do a lot of important things. First, as Eastbound and Down is considered more of a long movie chopped into different “chapters” rather than episodes, this episode marked the end of the first act and we head straight into the second. Second, it reset everything that needed to be held over from the first season while solidifying everything new for the second season.
Let’s look at the latter first. This episode featured many returns for Kenny Powers. The biggest, of course, is his number one fan/stalker/creeper Stevie. He managed to track Kenny Powers down following the trail he left with his stolen credit card, cross international borders, get shot in the leg and still thank the lord when Kenny welcomes him back in his life. And oh yeah, Kenny was the one that shot him in the leg.
Stevie’s return also gave us the worst opening of the show so far. I’m all for celebrating the human form in all it’s shapes and sizes except for Stevie Janowski’s naked ass. That should always be covered. Even if he is banging a hooker in hopes of getting Kenny Power’s sloppy seconds.
Also was anyone else surprised by the fact that Stevie carries around a baseball card of Kenny Powers? And that he has him as his background on his phone? And that he tries to mimic Kenny Power’s powerful middle finger? While on the toilet flipping it off? And has someone else take the picture for him? Anyone surprised? No? That’s what I thought.
Side note: Stevie said he worked at a Starbucks in Shelby, North Carolina. Even though Kenny and Stevie lived in a fictionalized version of Shelby, I have to point out (as a native son of Shelby) that there is no Starbucks in Shelby. Thought you should know.
Kenny Powers needs two things: He needs devotion and he needs to dominate. Well, he also needs a hot woman, but more on that later. With Stevie’s return, he has someone devoted to him. Now he just needs to dominate and with his return to the mound, he can start doing that once again.
And in true KP fashion, his return was perhaps the most "American" and egotistic thing any of the dozens of spectators had ever seen. He had the fireworks, the smoke machine, the tunnel of balloons, the poorly photoshopped 4x12 banners, and the American flag cape, everything one would need to loudly proclaim “I’m back, bitches!”
Now, baseball is a very mental game. Pitchers and hitters routinely go into mental slumps where they just can’t perform. Kenny realized what sort of mental build up he had gotten himself into when the music faded. It was just him and the pitcher once again, and he had to strike him out. And he did. In three straight-as-an-arrow pitches he struck the guy out. Kenny Powers is back, muchachos.
And with Kenny’s return to the mound, he also discovered that all the wealth and power that he thought could only be found in America can also be attained in Mexico. When he met the owner of the Churros, hilariously played by Danny McBride and Co. friend Michael Pena, Kenny Powers recognized in him a counterpart. Anyone that would fly in a karate master for personal sword fighting lessons is a person Kenny Powers can get along with. And in his own astute deduction skills, “you’re a rich motherfucker.” Nothing slips by Kenny Powers.
Now we have everything set. The first act is over, what haunts him from the first season is back. Stevie returns with devoted. April is married, so he has to deal with a broken heart. He’s made his return to baseball. Everything new for the second season has been introduced. He has the new team and coach, he’s made a new rich and eccentric friend, and he has his neighbors. The only thing left to do is see what happens when everything plays out.
So yes, this was a good episode. But if this was just a set up, I can’t wait to see what the pay off will be.
Actually, wait. We didn’t get to see much of Ana de la Reguera or her amazing backside. We only saw her from the waist up in her car. This episode sucked.