CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin
DIRECTOR: Tim Miller
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, ‘Deadpool’ tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
‘Deadpool’ star and producer Ryan Reynolds has no bigger fan than Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, who has a cameo in the film and also serves as an executive producer. “There’s never been a character like Deadpool, and Ryan Reynolds plays him as though he was born to play the role,” says Lee. “Just like Robert Downey, Jr. was born to be Iron Man, you just can’t picture anybody else besides Ryan as Deadpool.”
Reynolds embraced the character’s myriad (and often twisted) facets. “In the comic book world, Deadpool is a man of our time with the ability to spout just the right thing, in terms of a pop culture reference, at the worst possible moment,” he quips. “That’s what makes him interesting to me and also makes him sort of limitless.”
Reynolds had long championed a film version of the iconic comics character. His deep involvement in the film’s development continued throughout production, in brainstorming sessions with director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (‘Zombieland’).
Miller, who makes his feature film directorial debut on ‘Deadpool’, notes, “I think Ryan’s personality and DNA are really infused in the character. It was a close match to begin with, which is why Ryan was so attracted to Deadpool in the first place.”
“Ryan has a tremendous sense of humour, is very quick, and the character has really seeped into him,” says Reese. “He became in a way our ‘Deadpool Police.’ Whenever we got off tone or were writing in a way that didn’t feel quite right, Ryan would say, ‘I don’t think that sounds like Deadpool.’ We knew he was the best arbiter, because Ryan knows and loves the comics and has assimilated Deadpool’s voice and sense of humour.”
“We’re staying as true to the character as possible,” adds Reynolds. “We really ran with the idea of Deadpool being aware he’s a comic book anti-hero. It gave us the freedom to tell this story in a totally unorthodox way. We occupy a space that no other comic book movie has – or can.”
Deadpool is also known as the “Merc with the Mouth” – and for good reason. “A lot of comic book movies almost feel like you could watch them without sound and still get what’s going on,” notes Reese. “We wanted you to hear Deadpool’s voice and his comedic commentary, so we really embraced dialogue. This is not one of those movies where the hero is silent for 15 minutes. In ‘Deadpool’, the other characters can’t get a word in edgewise, because he’s constantly filling silences with lucidly insane cracks.”
Deadpool is a unique figure in the Marvel Universe. Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld created Deadpool as possessing an often non-superheroic attitude. A sardonic foil to the holier-than-thou heroes and villains that populate Marvel’s other comics, Deadpool constantly cracks edgy jokes and breaks the fourth wall.
Liefeld joins Stan Lee in his admiration of the filmmakers’ work in translating the character to the big screen.
“‘Deadpool’ explodes with action,” says Liefeld. “Ryan, Tim Miller, Paul and Rhett mined all the good stuff in the comics from about a ten-year period and came up with a movie that sews it all together. This will be the Deadpool that will become canon moving forward.”
FILM: HOW TO BE SINGLE
CAST: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Damon Wayans,JR., Leslie Mann, Jason Mantzoukas, Anders Holm, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy
DIRECTOR: Christian Ditter
Single in New York City? Or London, L.A., Munich, Miami, or anywhere in between? These days, in cities big and small, there’s a nightlife rife with girls’ nights out, singles’ bars, online dating and one-night stands arranged on apps – no romance required. Today’s singles aren’t necessarily looking for Ms. or Mr. Right, or drowning their sorrows in their lonely bachelor/ette pads. ‘How to Be Single’ is an all-out comedy that shows how they’re all out there making the most of the single lifestyle, in the most outrageous ways imaginable.
The film’s director, Christian Ditter, states, “I wanted to make a really modern and fresh take on the comedy genre as it deals with partying, having fun, dating – a snapshot of what it really means to be single today.
A lot of movies that deal with men and women and dating are about finding the right one, but this is not that; it’s about embracing the most fun and free time of life while you’re also finding your place in the world, finding friends, finding out what you want to do with your life.”
Led by an ensemble cast that includes some of today’s hottest comedic actresses, including Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann, and such rising comedy stars as Damon Wayans Jr., Anders Holm, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas and Colin Jost, the film follows a host of singles at various stages of – and with varying opinions on—the single state.
Producer John Rickard notes, “It’s a universal experience, being young, right out of college and discovering a whole big world.
Or a few years later, hitting another one of those crossroads: what do I care about, what do I want to spend my life doing, does another person even figure into the picture? We often think it’s a partner we have to find, but it’s really ourselves, and that can be scary.”
Happily, what’s scary in real life can make us laugh the hardest when it’s played out on film. Screenwriter/producer Dana Fox, a comedy veteran, offers, “Romantic comedies are always centred on the romance, but this is a comedy about the time in between the relationships, when you’re out there to have a good time in this crazy age of staring at your cell phone, having entire conversations in 140 characters or less and ‘swiping right’ to meet people. There are so many advantages to a film with so many funny stories to tell.
“In any movie,” she continues, “you want audiences to feel like they’re along on the journey. We have Dakota Johnson’s character, Alice, to provide the heart and soul of the story, and we have all these other great women and men to follow along and laugh with.”
Or laugh at. Returning to her comedy roots, Johnson deftly handles Alice’s fumbling attempts to meet men upon finding herself newly single, especially when paired with Rebel Wilson’s extreme party girl, Robin, the perfect tour guide through the world of free drinks, hook-ups and text message protocol. Alison Brie’s Lucy is a girl on an online dating mission, and Leslie Mann’s Meg has been on the career track and sort of forgotten to have a personal life. Along with the guys they all meet along the way, they exemplify the wide range of what it’s like out there.
FILM: A PERFECT DAY
CAST: Benicio Del Toro, Olga Kurylenko, Tim Robbins, Mélanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO LEҎ DE ARANOA
Based on the novel ‘Dejarse Llover’ by Paula Farias, the film concerns a group of aid workers working to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. As Sophie (Mélanie Thierry) and her seasoned colleagues Mambru (Benicio Del Toro) and B (Tim Robbins) race against time to save the water supply for an abandoned community, they must outwit pedantic UN bureaucrats, military factions and exploitative local criminals – all the while cleverly distracting Mambru’s ex-lover Katya (Olga Kurylenko), who has flown in from head office to shut their mission down. A dead cow, an un-cooperative supplies store and an angry dog tied to the length of rope they desperately need: the team and their guide negotiate the seemingly simple task of extracting a dead body from a well, but staying sane proves to be the biggest challenge on this not-so perfect day.