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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Published by Melanie Jo Published on July 5, 2016

So as you can see we have a new look up to the site. I hope you all like it. Thanks to my good friend Ali, we have some new magazine scans of Joel featuring his new upcoming film Suicide Squad. The HQ scans have been added to the gallery so check those out.

Published by Melanie Jo Published on July 4, 2016

The first time you really noticed Joel Kinnaman was probably either TV’s “The Killing” or filling shoes once worn by Peter Weller in the 2014 “RoboCop” remake.

From the starring role in the latter, it took awhile for the Swedish born actor (real name Charles Joel Nordström) to really pop. Recently he’s been in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” which – let’s face it – nobody understood and the ill-advised adaptation of Lee Child’s book Child 44.

But 2016 might finally be his year. Following a very classy turn as a crusading politician in Netflix’s “House of Cards” (the polar opposite of his big screen roles so far), he joins the years most zeitgeisty film, “Suicide Squad”.

The 36 year old talked to Moviehole on the Toronto set of David Ayer’s anticipated comic book blockbuster about his character Rick Flagg, military handler of the Suicide Squad.

It seems like character of Rick Flagg is one of the few true heroes with integrity.
I think that’s what I really like about this script, it really questions ‘what is a hero and what is a bad guy?’ It’s my favorite theme when it takes place in the gray zone more than in the black and white. We see some good guys doing some bad things, and some really bad guys doing some good things.

He’s just a soldier. He doesn’t have any superpowers or any kind of special powers?
No. No superpowers.

How does he fit into the team?
He’s basically holding the team hostage because he can kill them. They all have implants in their necks, he’s forced by his boss to do this, and he doesn’t necessarily agree with his boss. Then over the course of the movie you see how that sort of allegiance shifts and how he questions his morality.

Do the other guys get more action or is he in on the action as well?
No, they’re all in on the action. The superpowers here aren’t that crazy. Diablo [Jay Hernandez] can get pretty crazy, but he’s quite passive in the first part of the movie. Deadshot [Will Smith] is an extremely good shooter, but so is Flagg.

What’s your character’s arc, if any?
He thinks [the Squad] is a horrible idea. He wants to solve this with his team of operators that he knows and he can trust, but now he has to deal with these psychopaths that do not follow orders, they just go their own way.

Then he sees how affected they are, and also that they also have a moral foundation though it takes a different shape than his. He starts to appreciate these people, and his allegiance starts to shift towards them.

How does he fit into the gritty real world director David Ayer wants to create as opposed to a hyper-real comic book world?
I think this whole DC approach has a very different tone than the Marvel world. I think the stakes are higher. There’s more real emotion in it, and there’s a lot of over the top, fun characters. The comedy comes more from characters that are extreme, more a world that isn’t really taken serious.

I think that is sort of the main difference. It’s much easier to share more of your feelings when the world has a seriousness to it. There’s a playfulness in the characters, but the world is real.

Was it a really different experience from Robocop? This looks like it has a lot more practical effects.
Yeah, it’s much bigger. It’s really evident for me because we shot that here too, in Toronto, and this movie is about twice the size of RoboCop. There’s a lot more stunt people.

We were doing scenes last week where we had about 26 people on wires just running on walls, this whole wall of bad guys coming towards us. I think there were probably about fifty people in the whole scene.

Is it more fun filming that way?
I love being in the real action. It really bores me to watch a city get demolished in CG. I’ve seen it so many times, I’m bored by that.

Mad Max was an excellent example of real people doing very well rehearsed but dangerous things. There’s a tension when we do stuff for real that you can’t recreate. We have the same stunt team they had on Mad Max so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an increase in those kinds of action films in the future.

Did you get to do a lot of your own stunts?
I’d love to say, “Yeah, I do all my stunts,” but I mean, I’ll do as much as I can. I’ll do the stuff that matters when you come in close. Then there’s things like jumping out of a speeding truck that’s driving fifty miles an hour. I’m not going to do that.

If a stunt guy sprains his ankle or breaks his leg, worst case scenario, it’s of course really bad and tragic, but if one of the leads of the film does that the whole production is in jeopardy.

What’s your favorite scene?
There’s this big bar scene right before the final act. It’s quite obvious that the world is going under and we’re all going to die, and there’s not much we can do about it. A couple of the others are like, “Fuck it. We’re all going to die,” so they head into this bar and everybody becomes kind of candid and a quite honest conversation ensues. It was just like a real drama scene with seven people… and a crocodile.

“Suicide Squad” is in cinemas in August 2016.

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