Jordan Smith
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme Makes Survivalism Funny Again in 'Welcome to the Jungle' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 26, 2013
    Freshly limbered up from the world's most elaborate pre-workout stretching routine, it looks like Jean-Claude Van Damme is ready for some movie making, and his newest flick, Welcome to the Jungle, shows the actor wanting to show of his comedy moves along with his trademark martial arts kicks. In the comedy, an entire company of office drones, including the likes of Children's Hospital's Rob Huebel, the distinctly voiced Kristen Schaal, and Dennis Haysbert are sent on a mandatory leadership retreat headed by Van Damme. Things go all Lord of the Flies really fast after the group's only pilot dies in the jungle, eliminating their only means of escape. Soon, separate tribes are formed, sticks are sharpened, and easy-fit khakis are turned into jungle-ready leotards. TheLegendHasan/YouTube This has certainly been the year of the survival film, and while films like Gravity and All Is Lost ponder the serious emotional implications of surviving a harrowing near death experience, Welcome to the Jungle settles with jokes about cannibalism and tigers... and maybe that's not such bad thing after watching so many depressing movies about this sort of thing all year long. Follow @Hollywood_com Follow @CurrentlyJordan
  • What Will Happen on the 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special?
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 26, 2013
    BBC Nothing says a happy British Christmas like paper crowns and a new Doctor Who special, but this year's romp will serve up some drama and mystery along with the usual holiday cheer. It's Matt Smith's last episode as the 11th Doctor, and the recently released synopsis for the special, named The Time of the Doctor, gives us some hints about his final adventure as the Doctor. “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars… Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” So if we were to take several educated guesses, what's going to happen in the upcoming Christmas Special? Silence Will FallThis enigmatic phrase has lurked around the corners of the 11th Doctor's adventures since his first journey in the TARDIS, and in the three years (or hundreds) since, there are still some wrinkles to The Silence and their call to action that still need ironing out. We're betting the "Silence Will Fall" story arc will finally come to an end in the Christmas Special, serving as the beginning and ending bookmarks to the 11th Doctor's tenure. TrenzaloreThe synopsis mentions that the finale will take place on a "quiet backwater planet." Now, what else could that planet be other than Trenzalore? In the Season 7 finale, "The Name of The Doctor," we learned that the planet Trenzalore was the final resting place of the Doctor, so we can definitely assume that the planet will be making a repeat appearance in the upcoming special, especially since the planet is mentioned by name in the teaser trailer that followed the 50th anniversary special. Dangerous Party GuestsNothing makes a goodbye party like a gathering of your best friends and your worst enemies. We're betting the 11th Doctor's final send-off will be filled with his most noteworthy rogues for one last battle for time and space. Expect The Angels, The Daleks, The Cybermen, and The Silence to all make an appearance for one last attempt to exterminate the Doctor. We're also guessing that the Doctor's greatest allies will show up, including Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. This is going to be one awkward Christmas party. The Regeneration SceneThis one's a given, since we know that this is the 11th Doctor's last adventure. But how exactly will his regeneration take place? Will it be a quiet moment of acceptance, or will this Doctor beg for more time like the 10th did? Whatever it is, we’re betting that the second Peter Capaldi emerges from the regeneration process, he will makes a wise crack about the 11th's favorite accesory, the bowtie. It's only fitting that the piece of neckwear begins and ends with Matt Smith's Doctor. It's Going to Be a Really Sad ChristmasThe one thing the Christmas specials usually have in common is that they are light, consequence-free romps that embrace the joyful spirit of the holiday season.But given Matt Smith's departure and the somber tone of the synopsis, this is setting up to be the most depressing Christmas special in the show's history. Get ready to cry into your eggnog, 'cause this one’s going to sting. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • AMC Orders Two Pilots About Grave Robbing and Post-Apocalyptic America
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 25, 2013
    Gene Page/AMC AMC is looking to fill a Breaking Bad-sized hole in their upcoming television lineup, and it doesn't seem like Low Winter Sun is up for the task. The network has recently ordered two new drama pilots for the 2015 television season, and they both sound like fresh takes on familiar ideas. The first pilot, Knifeman, will take the medical drama to Victorian London by focusing on a surgeon named John Tattersal, a charming and arrogant medical genius that uses extreme methods to break the boundaries of medicine, and is not afraid to dig up a few bodies to do so... literally, he's a graverobber. The pilot was written by Rolin Jones, following a deal with David Cronenberg that went south a few years back. On the flip side, we also have Galyntine, a science-fiction epic that tells the story of a new society created after a technology-induced disaster leaves humanity clinging to life. The few remaining survivors eschew any and all forms of technology. This show will examine one man's journey through world in which humanity has evolved. This project is written by Greg Nicotero. Both shows seem like interesting twists on existing genres. The description of Knifeman is conjuring up images of Grey's Anatomy  with horse-drawn ambulances and frequent outbreaks of whooping cough, while the story of the sci-fi Luddites from the Galyntine description errs a little too close to the synopsis of NBC's Revolution. Hopefully, Galyntine will differentiate itself from the other post-apocalyptic dramas filling the airwaves. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • The 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Makes a Very Important Change
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 25, 2013
    BBC Well that was a game-changer, huh? This weekend, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special finally arrived, feeling like an appropriate full-stop on this new era of Doctor Who that started up seven seasons ago under the tutelage of Russell T. Davies. It might be even crazy and timey-wimey enough to see this as a sort-of soft reboot of the entire Nu-Who series. Not only does the Doctor has a new mission, but the series itself feels like it's heading in a whole new direction. One of the benefits of being what is essentially a walking, talking, and sonic screwdrivering Deus Ex Machina in a box is that words like continuity and contrivance are mere suggestions rather than steadfast rules that the Doctor or his series have to abide by. As such, showrunner Steven Moffat has improbably laid out a new path for the series by erasing the biggest and most important chunk of its past in a deft move of time bending and retconning that would only feel right in the world of Doctor Who. Modern Doctor Who was born out of the fabled Time War, an event that until now was never featured on screen, but informed much of the series and the last few regernerations of the Doctor. From the beginning, we only knew that The Doctor killed all of the Time Lords and the Daleks to save the universe. This act of genocide simultaneously made him the universe's savior and it's most prolific murderer. These actions not only started the new series, but deeply infromed the characterization of the Ninth Doctor, who was racked with guilt and anger at his choice that he felt was a necessary gambit to save everything. That guilt has filtered though each incarnation of the Doctor, manifesting in different ways in each new personality. Now, with the 50th anniversary, The War Doctor and two of his future regenerations come together to find a way to save Gallifrey, while also stopping the Time War. With this act, the very foundations on which the series was built have warped into something completely different. The guilt that has made the Doctor who he is for so long is now a false memory. The episode finishes with the Doctor focused on a new mission, to find the still living Gallifrey that he flung somewhere into the depths of space and time. Now the Doctor has a new quest and a new regeneration in the near future (Matt Smith's last episode in his tenure as the Eleventh Doctor is the upcoming Christmas special), it's almost as if the show has found a second life while the Doctor morphs into his Thirteenth. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Are Making a Superhero Movie
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 22, 2013
    DC Comics / Splash News Ben Affleck is sure having a love affair with the comic books these days. After taking the role as the caped crusader in the upcoming Batman/Superman film, the actor/director is teaming up with his old buddy Matt Damon to bring another comic series to the big screen. The dynamic duo is producing a film version of Ed Brubraker’s comic book Sleeper. A couple of television writers, Shawn Ryan and David Wiener (from The Shield and The Killing respectively) will pen the screenplay. Sleeper follows a secret operative who losses his sense of pain and gains a Wolverine-esque healing factor from an alien artifact that allows him to bounce back after otherwise grave injuries. He can also pass his powers on to other people. However, it seems that Affleck will too busy backing this picture and zip-lining through Gotham to make time for other things, including a remake of the critically-acclaimed French thriller Tell No One. Affleck dropped his directorial position on the remake all the way back in August, but that project has just now found a new helmer in the form of Warrior director Gavin O'Connor. Tell No One's dense and layered thrills would have benefited from Affleck's deft directoral hand; it's doubly a shame that Affleck couldn't find the time for the film since it would have reunited him with Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio. But hopefully Terrio and O'Connor can do the film's remake justice. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Paul Rudd, John Goodman, and Jimmy Fallon Heading to 'SNL'
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 21, 2013
    Focus Features via Everett Collection After experimenting with a batch of newcomers like Josh Hutcherson and Lady Gaga, Saturday Night Live is returning to a mill of tried and true favorites to round out the rest of the year. Actor and Achorman 2 star Paul Rudd is set to host the December 7 episode with musical guest One Direction. This will be Rudd's third time hosting SNL. His last hosting gig was in 2010 when he appeared alongside musical guest Paul McCartney. Next, actor John Goodman will be returning as host on the December 14 episode. Goodman will make his return after a long hiatus from hosting duty. The actor has hosted SNL a lofty 12 times, but hasn't appeared on the sketch show since 2001. Goodman's musical guest will be the rockers Kings of Leon.  Finally, the December 21 Christmas episode will feature host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake. Fallon, a former member of the SNL cast, is the current host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and is slated to take over Tonight Show duties from Jay Leno in February. This will mark Timberlake's fifth appearance as a musical guest on the program. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Should We Be Worried That 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Isn't Coming Out Until 2015?
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 21, 2013
    WENN The long-gestation Mad Max sequel Fury Road is finally roaring towards theaters, but its release date is further down the line than expected.  For a while, it seemed like Australia would really collapse into a dusty future dystopia before Fury Road was actually released. The long-awaited continuation of the Mad Max series first started filming all the way back in the summer of 2012, but is now scheduled to be released on May 15, 2015, almost three years after production began. For comparison's sake, the films, Terminator, Batman/Superman, Jurassic World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man are all scheduled to come out in the same time frame, but either haven't started shooting yet, or have just barely begun the casting process. Fury Road started shooting a year and a half ago. Usually, when a film has such a delayed release schedule, it's a sign that there's trouble rumbling under the hood, and it could signal that there are problems with the film that the studio still needs to iron out. Fury Road, which will star Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Charlize Theron will also have to deal with the impossibly crowded summer of 2015, a season which is destined to become its own release date Thunderdome.  There's an incredible amount of superhero and popcorn flick being released in one short summer, and more than a few of them are bound to be cannibalized in the crush of releases. The studios are creating a situation were several films will enter, and only a few will leave making their budgets and investments back. This is especially troublesome territory for the Mad Max series, which doesn't have the same brand recognition as the films it is competing against. It will be interesting to see where Fury Road ends up by the time 2015 rolls by, but things aren't looking terribly positive. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Might Be Casting 'Doctor Who' Star
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 20, 2013
    BBC As British actor Matt Smith prepares to hang up the bow tie and step out of the TARDIS one last time on Doctor Who, the rumor mills are spinning about his possible involvement in the upcoming Star Wars sequel. According to Bleeding Cool, the soon to be ex-Timelord has met with J.J. Abrams recently to discuss possibly taking part in Star Wars: Episode VII. While the exact nature of the meeting is of course, unknown, the idea of Matt Smith bringing his witty exuberance to a Star Wars series that was way too stiff and stately in the prequels is enough reason to jump for joy. We can definitely imagine Smith as a wily Jedi Knight that cracks wise in a room full of his stuffy peers that take themselves a little too seriously. Even better than that,  Maybe the TARDIS can make a surprise visit to Mos Eisley. I can smell the fanfics being written as we speak. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • There's a Mystery Afoot in 'Muppets Most Wanted' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 20, 2013
    Walt Disney Pictures The Muppets are back for another celebrity-filled romp that will see Kermit locked up and replaced by to a shifty frog look-a-like. In the latest trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, Kermit finds that he bears more than a passing resemblance to Constantine, a frog criminal mastermind with a mole on his face. Constantine engineers a plan that get’s Kermit thrown in the pokey, while Constantine assumes the muppet's identity —he just has to get rid of his pesky foriegn accent first. Constantine’s lackey, Dominic Badguy ("Badguy" is French, don’t worry about it. Definitely not evil) poses as the Muppet's tour manager, and the gang carries on while wondering why Kermit is acting so un-Kermit-like. Joining the Muppets are Ty Burrell, and Interpol agent who spends time badge measuring with Sam the Eagle (size does matter), and Tina Fey who play's Kermit's domineering prison guard that has no time for Kermit's pleas of innocence. There's also a number of cameo appearances from stars like Celine Dion, Ray Liotta, Salma Hayek, P. Diddy, Cristoph Waltz, and a sad looking Danny Trejo. The trailer is bursting with charm and humor, and we can't wait to dive back into the Muppets when the film releases next year. Follow @Hollywood_com Follow @CurrentlyJordan
  • The New 'Robocop' International Trailer Finds the Heart of the Machine
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 20, 2013
    Somewhere tucked behind all of those new circuits and transistors, there’s still a human heart beating inside of Robocop’s chest, and given the newest trailer, there's also a human heart beating inside the new Robocop remake, even under all the flash and spectacle of dystopian robot action. While the previous trailers might have led you to believe that director José Padilha left all of the story's human drama on the operating table, this international trailer spends a lot of time examining the emotional and existential weight involved with saving a human life by stripping away most of his human parts, before letting Robocop get down to the gun-toting business of doling out justice. STUDIOCANAL UK/YouTube In the trailer, we get some new scenes featuring Abbie Cornish being promised that her husband's life can be saved and Joel Kinnamann waking up from his procedure, still unaware that he has been transformed into the world's most immoral science fair project. We also get shots of Samuel L. Jackson as Omnicorp's company mouthpiece, while a slimy Michael Keaton impresses into the heads of the American people that putting robotic drones on the street will make everyone safer. It's worth noting that all of the action in the trailers so far have showcased Robocop fighting other robots. Does that mean his primary villain will be synthetic enemies, or is the studio just holding back it's more gruesome violence for the actual film? We may be in need of a good ol' red band trailer to really show us what this Robocop really has up its metal sleeves. Follow @Hollywood_com Follow @CurrentlyJordan