Published by Melanie Jo Published on August 2, 2016

The pranks from the “Suicide Squad” set have been well documented ― specifically in regard to Jared Leto ― but this is definitely a new one.

While the cast was visiting Conan O’Brien this weekend (following their Comic-Con appearance), Joel Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flag in the upcoming supervillain flick, revealed how one prank by Will Smith took an unexpected turn for the erotic.

“They had rain towers that they took from the ground water in Toronto. It was icy cold. We were miserable. And Will had a brilliant idea of getting this bucket of steaming hot water,” Kinnaman explained. “He’d get this little bucket and sneak up to people that were standing, shivering to death, and pour it down their necks. You could see people standing there and then they were like, ahhhhh.”

“It was sensual,” he added, “It turned a little weird.”

Then Smith chimed in, creating a perfect image in our heads of just how erotic the prank turned out to be. Watch the whole interaction above.

“Suicide Squad” is set to hit theaters on Aug. 5.

Published by Melanie Jo Published on July 27, 2016

Published by Melanie Jo Published on July 26, 2016

From the trailer alone, audiences have been promised plenty of stunts, action sequences, and weaponry in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. So with bullets flying in many scenes, it’s no surprise that some of the film’s core cast, which includes Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, and Joel Kinnaman, sustained a few injuries filming these difficult scenes. Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flag, a special forces operative, has plenty of war stories from set.

As he sits down at a cafeteria style table on the Toronto set of the film in June 2015, he adjusts the tape that sticks out of his camo tank top. “That was a shell casing,” he says of his injury. “We were shooting [guns], and the shell casings are burning hot, and one got caught under my shirt. This was last night.”

Ouch. But according to Kinnaman, skin searing shell casings are the least of it. While the scalding hot shells were quite painful, for Kinnaman, nothing compared to being repeatedly hit in the crotch. The 36-year-old explains exactly what went down: “I’m getting tackled by these adversaries, and I’m holding my gun,” he says of the scene. “This was a part of the scene we hadn’t rehearsed, so I didn’t have the right padding, and when you get tackled by four guys while you’re carrying a gun, the gun had a tendency to hit me in the balls every take.”

And during the last take of this particularly invasive scene, something, well, magical happened — but not in a good way. “The gun kind of levitated. I hit the ground, then [the gun] like changed shape in the air, and then it just speared me right in the…” he trails off. “It’s no joke. I almost got castrated.”

Having learned his lesson the hard way, during subsequent days shooting the scene, Kinnaman took extra precautions: “I wore a big ass cup,” he laughs.

Fingers crossed Kinnaman kept all of this… parts… throughout the remainder of shooting.

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.

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Yesterday, Warner Bros. released an extended promo introducing audiences to Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), “one of the scariest characters in the movie” and the mastermind who puts the Suicide Squad together. One of the leaders of that squad is Deadshot (Will Smith). Smith, who’s probably most famous for playing heroes, stars in David Ayer‘s film as the assassin/supervillain. The newest promo tells you all you need to about the character, including the fact only his friends call him by his real name Floyd.

Below, watch the Suicide Squad extended promo.

Suicide Squad stars Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, David Harbour, and Ben Affleck makes an appearance as Batman. The newest footage highlights Smith’s role in the film. He still seems to have his signature, wisecracking charm; it’s just servicing a different kind of role and film this time around.

Here’s the Suicide Squad extended promo:

The commercial is only a minute long, but it is surprising we don’t see Deadshot and Harley Quinn interacting at all. Smith and Robbie are reuniting after sharing plenty of chemistry in Focus, and Ayer has said the two will have a significant amount of screentime together in Suicide Squad.

Based on the above promo and the trailers we’ve seen so far, it’s obvious there will also be plenty of banter and tension between Deadshot and Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman). Ayer stated on the set that both characters are “herding cats,” and that “they don’t care” who looks like the squad’s leader. They’re less concerned with their status, more concerned about saving the world.

Ayer and the rest of his squad are making the trip down to San Diego Comic-Con this week. On Saturday, Warner Bros. will show a few clips from the film and Patty Jenkins‘ Wonder Woman. Since Ayer’s film was finished a couple of weeks ago, fans should see some new, completed footage from Suicide Squad.

Here’s the official synopsis:

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Suicide Squad opens in theaters August 5th.

Published by Melanie Jo Published on July 17, 2016

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The Studio will highlight its upcoming slate of features, including “Wonder Woman,” “Suicide Squad,” “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Fans attending Q&As in Hall H and activations on the convention hall floor will see such stars as Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, Will Arnett, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman and more, with special guest Conan O’Brien hosting the Warner Bros. panel presentation.

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Pictures will once again commandeer the convention when the Studio’s biggest stars, DC’s best Super Heroes and “worst” Super-Villains, fantastic beasts great and small and more head to this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego.

On Saturday, July 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Warner Bros. will showcase several of its most-anticipated upcoming feature releases in its Hall H presentation, headed up by master of ceremonies Conan O’Brien:

“Suicide Squad” stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach and Karen Fukuhara, along with writer/director David Ayer.

Also on Saturday, convention floor activities include:

In the DC Booth: “Suicide Squad” and “Wonder Woman” talent signings and costume displays; lifesized LEGO Batman character.

Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, stated, “Comic-Con is one of our favorite annual events and we’re thrilled to have an extraordinary lineup of films to highlight this year. It’s always exciting for us to give these fans a taste of what we’re bringing to theaters in such a direct way, connecting them with the talented actors and filmmakers who work so hard to make everyone’s movie-going experience a memorable one.”

About “Suicide Squad”
From director David Ayer comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith, Oscar winner Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Oscar nominee Viola Davis. It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC, the film also stars Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment production, a film by David Ayer, “Suicide Squad.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters August 5, 2016. “Suicide Squad” is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language. www.suicidesquad.com

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Viola Davis is no prude, but the two-time Oscar nominee was reduced to giggles when it came time to relay how she worked with Suicide Squad writer-director David Ayer to portray the manipulative special agent Amanda Waller.

With no special powers or abilities, Davis was already at a disadvantage when portraying Waller. Rather, she had to rely on her character’s cunning and wits to become the baddest baddie of all.

“She’s a strategist. She’s a manipulator. She doesn’t fly in the sky or swim in the water,” says Davis. “She’s just a regular person who can manipulate these superheroes. And I love that.”

Davis also loved working with Ayer. She calls her boss a combination of Cecil DeMille and Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, an even-tempered dudebro on the surface who can manipulate his actors with the briefest of asides.

Take Davis’s interaction with Joel Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flag, the guard dog of the Suicide Squad and Waller’s first lieutenant. Davis had big plans for how she was going to play the scene before Ayer, walked up and whispered a new line into her ear.

“He would make me call, [Davis starts laughing and can’t really stop] Joel Kinnaman a p—y at times. A bitch. [More laughs.] It’s completely politically incorrect but it caused a reaction in me,” says Davis. “It made me feel like a straight up thug, and it made Rick Flagg want to kick my ass. So David got what he wanted.”

Kinnaman, for his part remembers that day on set vividly.

“Some of the stuff she said really pissed me off,” Kinnaman recalls. “And I felt really betrayed. And that’s exactly what David wanted me to feel… And now it’s in the movie. That’s some pretty high-level direction through manipulation.”

Suicide Squad opens everywhere Aug. 5.

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Tom Holland gained worldwide recognition and fame when he debuted in Captain America: Civil War as the latest iteration of the superhero web-slinger, and he’ll soon headline his own Marvel movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. Before that, he impressed audiences and critics with films like The Impossible, How I Live Now, and In the Heart of the Sea. In his latest non-blockbuster fair, Edge of Winter, he co-stars with Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnaman, and you can preview his performance in the new trailer.

Here we find Holland as Bradley, one of two brothers (the other played by Percy Hynes White) stranded on a day trip with their father Elliot (Kinnaman), whom they barely know. Recently divorced from their mother and laid off, this unpredictable man begins terrifying the boys when they are stranded at a remote cabin. Watch the trailer below.

Edge of Winter is the feature film directorial debut of Rob Connolly, who previously worked as a cinematographer, camera operator, and gaffer on various projects. The film, co-written by Connolly and Capote producer Kyle Mann, also features Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome) and Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead).

Edge of Winter opens in theaters on August 12. Here’s the official synopsis:

Recently divorced and laid off from his job, Elliot Baker (Joel Kinnaman, Suicide Squad; Run All Night) is desperate to spend more time bonding with his sons, Bradley (Tom Holland, Captain America: Civil War) and Caleb (Percy Hynes White, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb). What starts as family day trip to teach his boys how to shoot turns into a nightmare when they become stranded. As they retreat to a desolate cabin, Elliot’s mounting fear of losing custody pushes him to the edge. The brothers quickly realize that the man responsible for keeping them safe has now become their biggest threat.

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