Today in Movie Culture: How to Write a ‘John Wick’ Movie, the Secrets of Dog Acting and More

Today in Movie Culture: How to Write a ‘John Wick’ Movie, the Secrets of Dog Acting and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Movie Trivia of the Day:

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum topped the box office over the weekend, performing even better than expected. Do all the fans of this franchise know the backstory of the John Wick movies? Learn everything about the action series’ origins, influences, and more in this video from Looper:


Screenwriting Lesson of the Day:

Want to make movies as successful as the John Wick franchise? You’ll need a great action director, stunt choreographer and a star as talented as Keanu Reeves, but it all begins with a script, and this video from Studio Binder (accompanied by a blog post) gives a lesson on how to write fight scenes like those in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum:


Movie Expert of the Day:

For Vanity Fair, Bonnie Judd, the animal coordinator and head trainer for the new movie A Dog’s Journey, discusses her work on the A Dog’s Purpose sequel and breaks down the dog performances in such canine-focused movies as Marley & Me and Air Bud: 7th Inning Fetch:


Cosplay of the Day:

Which superhero cinematic universe has the best movies and characters? Who cares? You can enjoy both, and even if you don’t, you can marry a fan from the other side, of course. Here’s a woman cosplaying as the title character from the MCU’s Captain Marvel proposing to a woman cosplaying as the title character from DC’s Wonder Woman. Hopefully, she said yes!


Plot Song of the Day:

We’ve heard Black Widow sing a song to Hawkeye, and now it’s time for reciprocation. Sung to the tune of “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, this musical parody by Aaron Fraser-Nash and Travis Atreo is from the point of view of Clint Barton as he recounts his arc in Avengers: Endgame:


Character in Close-up:

Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn’t come out for another month and a half, but that gives us plenty of time to learn all about the new characters in the Spider-Man: Homecoming follow-up. Thanks to Marvel, though, it will only take you about a minute to watch this video telling us all we need to know about Jake Gyllenhaal’s dubious hero, Mysterio:


Mash-up of the Day:

Brightburn, which opens in theaters this weekend, takes the iconic origin story of Superman and gives it a twist, presenting a what-if scenario where the alien from Krypton turns out to be evil. To make the connection even more obvious, Space Taste has recut the trailer for Brightburn and inserted scenes from Man of Steel:


Fan Art of the Day:

But who needs Superman comparisons when Brightburn has already made plenty of fans of its own? The movie’s official Twitter account shared this awesome contest-winning fan-made alternate poster for the upcoming super villain horror movie by artist Adam Stephens:


Talk Show Performance of the Day:

Disney’s live-action reimagining of Aladdin also comes out this weekend with Will Smith starring as the Genie in this version. The rapper-turned-actor recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform a bit of his rendition of the iconic, Oscar-nominated song “A Friend Like Me”:


Actor in the Spotlight:

Speaking of Will Smith, can you imagine any other actor taking on the role of Aladdin’s live-action Genie? Well, many movies he was up for did go to other guys, including Superman Returns and Django Unchained. IMDb looks at the parts Smith lost or passed on as well as a few he wound up playing that nearly went to someone else:

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