Friday, January 9, 2015

Rod Taylor Remembered

Rod Taylor, the man best known for two of the most iconic movies in sci-fi and horror history has died at the age of 84, just two days shy of his 85th birthday.

Taylor starred as the leading man in the 1960 film version of the H.G. Wells classic The Time Machine, considered by most critics as the best screen adaptation of Wells’ novel. His other most notable big screen presence was playing the protagonist in Alfred Hitchcock’s time honored classic The Birds with actress Tippi Hedren in 1963.

Taylor went on to star in many other films and TV shows throughout his 58 year career as an actor, producer, writer and composer.

Rod Taylor’s last big screen performance was as Sir Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 rendition of Inglorious Bastards.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Channing Tatum To Star as X-Men's "Gambit"

In May 2014 it was announced by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios that X-Men character Remy LeBeau – aka “Gambit” – would get his own movie. Now I can reveal that Jump Street’s Channing Tatum will star as the card throwing superhero.

“Gambit” is highly intelligent and has the ability to manipulate and control kinetic energy. Before joining the ranks of the X-Men he was a successful thief and con man mentally controlling energy as he desired to acquire whatever he was trying to steal or whomever he was conning. Once he became an X-Men he put those powers to work in helping to defeat other mutants who used their powers for evil or selfish purposes.

He has worked closely with Storm on several missions and continues to have an on again-off again romantic relationship with Rogue.

“Gambit” now joins with one other X-Men character to get a solo film; “Wolverine,” starring Hugh Jackman. Rumor has it a third – Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) may also join them with his own solo act.

Look for Tatum as “Gambit” sometime in 2017.