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Why you should watch ’12 Angry Men’?

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Why you should watch ’12 Angry Men’?

by Emily Keen

It’s a courtroom scene. The Judge announces to the jury “if there is reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused, a reasonable doubt, then you must bring me a verdict of not guilty. Now however if there is no reasonable doubt, then you must in good conscience find the accused guilty. However, you decide your verdict must be unanimous. In the event that you find the accused guilty, the bench will not entertain a recommendation for mercy. The death sentence is mandatory in this case. You are faced with a grave responsibility. Thank you Gentlemen”

That’s where it begins. 12 Jurors are assigned the task of reaching a verdict in a case in which a young boy is accused of murdering his father.

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Responsibility for humankind means many things. To a few, it is a choice while to others it is inevitable. Between these two perceptions lies a fine line. Which sometimes blurs and outweighs the core beliefs of humanity. The reason is possibly man drifting from his true self owing to experience and evolution.

When the 12 men enter, the discussion room, the chaotic setup paces and gives an impression of how unimportant the case is to each one of them. Besides one person, every man in the room is talking about trivial things like how they have to be somewhere once all this is over or how this is their first experience on a Jury.

 

The film does a marvelous job of keeping things as real as possible. The entire movie is shot in that small meeting hall where the morals of these men are put to test by various factors. It is the sheer intelligence of the makers to introduce a story that is most uncertain when it comes to the end result. Of course, there are only two outcomes. They either come out pleading guilty or not guilty. But it is not the verdict we are worried about. It is the people who are assigned the responsibility of breaking the case down but are simply unwilling to put an effort.

But as we said, there is one man! To make them realize that they are dealing with a human life after all.  Davis’ character in the film is incredibly well thought of and brilliantly executed by the amazing Henry Fonda.

An intense drama created in one small room takes you through a series of realizations. At one point, the truth about the murder seems irrelevant. It is just 12 normal humans exchanging thoughts and realizing where they stand with their views and beliefs.

In the beginning, it is Henry Fonda against the 11. The thoughtful architect wants to give the accused a benefit of the doubt and talk about possibilities.

The way Fonda shows his presence of mind even with a few hefty in the room trying to yell and talk him out of his merciful mindset is explicable. As he analyses all the evidence and witnesses, one by one the jury members begin to realize that they may have missed important facts about the case. Now they have the same goal as Davis- Not to rely on biased witnesses and bring out the facts of the mysterious murder. From here the excitement builds on.

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Davis is never confident he will be able to change all perspectives in that room. In fact, he is uncertain of the truth more than anyone in that room. At one point he is even left dumbfound when one of the men questions his method of assumptions and asks him what if the boy really killed his father? But he is willing to put himself in the victim’s shoes to understand his plight as a slum dweller. Things like violence are an everyday experience for a boy of his origin. And the fact that he was not able to clearly detail his alibi after looking at his father’s dead body.

A brash cobb keeps yelling on top of his voice. At one point he even loses his cool and threatens to kill Davis only to strengthen his argument even further. You will absolutely adore Davis for the dignity and calm that he manages to keep in the most volatile space. Among men who he slowly turns on his side one by one, proposing the most logical possibilities. And in the process, showing them men, that there are more things to them than just themselves.

There are no special effects, no dramatic storyline. Just a simple story played out magnificently by these 12 gentlemen. Fonda’s Davis may be the highlight of the story. But the other 11 characters have a fair share of screen time. In the duration of 96 minutes, director Sidney Lumet makes sure you understand the personality of each character.

It is rather difficult to captivate an audience without giving them something elegant to stare at. The makers, however, manage to keep interests piqued with the minimal resources they have. Zooming in on characters, close facial shots and the sly background score on occasions where the men are struck with deep realizations amplify the effect.

The discussion in that room is built to give the audience, the entire account of the murder. At no point would you feel the need to see how the murder happened. Thanks to the brilliantly scripted conversations you can actually visualize what must have happened at the crime scene.

The characters are undergoing uncomfortable experiences in the room like sweating, no fan and most importantly, the arguments. But the plot never suffocates and succumbs to the claustrophobia of a small room. The script is out an out a winner. If you want to witness tension in its most raw form, this is the film you need to watch. It is marvelous how you feel what each of these characters feel. Very rarely do you come across a script that successfully weaves awkward scenes with gawkiness permeating all the way out of the frame.

It is also a powerful message about the nature of Justice and the nature of humanity itself. How law sometimes fails to understand the truth and takes wrong decisions. We judge others based on superficial details that we know and have heard of. Almost every time forgetting to realize there could be a flipside to the reality that we see.

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Why ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ Is A Must Watch For Every Woman?

by Emily Keen

She is spunky. She is stylish. She gets what she wants! That’s Holly Golightly for you. The iconic diva from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s will always be cherished for her style and substance. She is what makes the film the classic that will never go out of style. The woman became the fashion dream of the era in her chic wardrobe and elegant neckpieces.

Blake Edward’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a perfect film for women pursuing their dreams. And Holly is a perfect face of unpretentious womanhood.

Well, that’s one thing that has her character engraved in the hearts of men and women generations later. The other quality is her way of life. She believes she is entitled to have anything she sets her heart on. And most importantly in enjoying the process of pursuit. Maybe that’s what makes her so unique.

Holly is basically a nineteen-year-old, craving the taste of a luxurious lifestyle. She thinks there are no compromises when it comes to the desires of the heart. She chooses to leave her loved ones and dismisses the norms of society which compels a woman to follow a rulebook. She sets out to see what more life has to offer beyond family and friends.

In doing so, she emotionally disconnects with herself and others. The idea of happiness is lost in the midst of standards of society and materialistic desires. No emotions, just a sense of responsibility towards her dear brother whom she wishes to support in life. Not even her pet cat is a beneficiary of receiving the love buried deep under the pile of dreams and expectations.

On a moral compass, Holly’s choices and methods seem rather dubious. Yet the character seems so real and relatable. Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly is phenomenal. Her charisma will blow your mind while her style has you swooning. She wants what she wants but makes some questionable choices in the process. At some point, you just wish there was someone who can tell her that she is worth much more than petty gifts and a few dollars.

Besides the story does not try to please the audience either. It is a ride with Holly, who is just being herself and winning hearts with her magical self. At no point does the plot look like it is meant for fan service or to please any of innate human fantasies. It’s just the journey of a girl trying to fit in society. The story too is not a conventional piece of the cinema setting the protagonist on the quest for love or trying to idolize her. She is simply Holly Golightly being herself who needs someone to remind her that all she needs to be in this imposing world is her own self. That is what will get her true love and that’s enough to make her happy.

The honesty of the story is what makes you love the film more than anything. It may not be your good ol’ entertainment flick. But it is definitely a film that you would love to revisit when you feel vulnerable. For all women facing an existential dilemma, this film is a perfect reminder to be themselves and not who the world wants them to be.

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6 reasons why ‘Casablanca’ remains a unique classic film

by Emily Keen

The greatest love story ever made will forever hold a special place in the hearts of cinema lovers. Casablanca is one unique classic that continues to retain its reputation as an iconic film. For obvious reasons of incredible performances and a magnificent screenplay, the film went on to win three academy awards since release. Although, not the biggest hit during the initial phase of release, Michael Curtiz’s highly acclaimed Hollywood classic is more than just a love story. This monumental thriller is also a journey through the setup of the Second World War and its consequences on normal lives.

For those uninitiated, here are six reasons why Casablanca hails as a unique classic film

  1. Rick Blaine

To start with, the variations in character experienced by the Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) are rather unconventional. Like most Hollywood heroes, the man cuts a dash. And more importantly, he is the one leading the story through various arcs. But we do not see the world through his point of view. The audience is in fact left to judge the morality of the character through the lens of various other characters. His employees and clientele see him as someone who you cannot easily walk up to for a conversation. He is cold and arrogant. There are times when Blaine comes off quite negative. When the police arrest Signor Ugarte, he says “I stick my neck out for nobody”.

His best friend Renault views the man in stark contrast. He thinks of him as an emotional and compassionate being. And that the cold Rick is nothing but a consequence of a failed love story. These traits are obvious in the character on multiple occasions. For instance when he helps a Bulgarian couple flee to America. The conclusion, in fact, is the greatest testimony to his altruism.

  1. Elsa

Elsa is a strong feminine character, torn between her love for Rick and the respect she has for her husband, Victor. Stuck at crossroads from where it’s either love or responsibilities Ilsa Ingrid finely portrays a heroine who is in no way trying to do anything heroic. She is just a simple woman making her loveless marriage work as a courtesy to her good-natured husband. In doing so, she won’t hesitate to even point a gun at Rick whom she loves so deeply.

  1. Unconventional narrative

The story is presented to us in a disorderly fashion. For those times this was a rather unconventional method of storytelling. The film begins with a shot of Rick’s café and a narrator explaining the background events. The delightful moments of Elsa and Rick’s life are stacked in between the messy present. Moreover, the ending does not resolve any of the chaos, be it the war or Rick’s love life. The War persists and so does the pain of our protagonist’s heart. The film is also a reminder that justice and freedom come with a price.

  1. Separate plotlines

The story perfectly blends in two different plotlines. The first is the love triangle between Rick, Elsa, and her husband. It is the nobility of Elsa’s husband that adds complexity to the narrative. The second plotline is the war and its consequences on the lives of people staying in Casablanca. More importantly, the film has some powerful underlying beliefs and political messages.

  1. The mysterious town of Casablanca

There is always a mystery surrounding the town of Casablanca. The movie is based in a Moroccan setting but there is hardly any reference to Moroccan way of life. It is simply chaotic and reeks of uncertainty. There is a line where a German commander warns Elsa – “human life is cheap in Casablanca”. And people in and around view the city as a prison from which they desire to escape. However unsafe, the town does has some fantasy attached to it. It is the brilliant vision of the makers that fuels our attraction towards mystery and makes us fall for the idea of a risky life.

  1. The Remarkable Conclusion

The climax of this poignant tale of love will break your heart but in a very positive way. It defies the usual traditions of happy endings or the death of a significant character. But ardent movie fans would not have it any other way. For that is what sets the film apart from others in the league. Besides Rick Blaine’s heartfelt decision at the end is what makes him not just one of the greatest known lovers but also a very noble character.

Over the period of its release, Casablanca went on to win three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director. The music is still enchanting to the ears. Can you even listen to ‘As Time Goes By’ and not think of the film? There is nothing and absolutely nothing mediocre about this epic tale of romance. Be it the story, the music or even humor. The film shall forever remain a unique classic film in the history of cinema.

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‘Legally Blonde’ is the sequel to ‘Clueless’

by Emily Keen

It would be one crazy surprise if Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) would, in fact, turn out to be the grown-up Cher Horowitz (Clueless). If you think about it, the two cheerful blondes have quite a lot in common. In addition to being rich and stubborn, they can outsmart anyone in an argument with their twisted sense of logic. So is it really possible that Legally Blonde is, in fact, a sequel to Clueless?

The ages of both characters when calculated align just right. Clueless hit theatres in the summer of 1995. In the film, Cher enters her sweet sixteen in the April of that year. So technically she should be a sophomore by the year 1997 and in college by 2001. 2001 is the year when Elle enters college to get her law degree.

In addition, the two blondes look surprisingly alike. Both are popular valley girls and possess similar personalities. And the most important trait they share in common is their pomposity.

Cast your mind back to that class debate scene in Clueless. The whole set-piece is handled with absolute sensibility blending in subtle humor. It is in that scene the audience realizes that the girl who until now seemed ‘clueless’ in fact more perceptive and mindful than they thought. She cleverly presents her viewpoint on the American Government’s dilemma of accommodating Haitian refugees by using one of her self-tested strategy of restructuring resources.

Although her intuition is good, her methods lack precision. But when it comes to a debate, no one who can put her down. Not even teachers. If the girl thinks she deserves an A, the teacher who marks C be damned.

Cut to Elle Woods, who according to our theory is the grown-up Cher. As an adult, she must now face her choices and decide what she wants to do in life. And with close scrutiny, one realizes that growing up has also helped her talents evolve. She has a fresh perspective on every fact and that’s what sets her apart from her rivals. In Legally Blonde again, Elle uses a personal experience to prove the fake argument presented by the defense. But this time it’s not just instincts but a move backed by hard facts. You bet Harvard has done some good to her innate talents.

Of course, Cher and Elle exist in totally different cinematic franchises. By now you may even come up with enough evidence to prove so. The obvious one is going to be the parents of both characters. Elle’s parents are opposed to her pursuing a law degree, while Cher’s father unconditionally supports her daughter. But it would be simply amazing if the theory of them both being the same people turned out to be true. Cher proves her worth as a successful leader time and again. She would easily outsmart a proficient lawyer had she pursued a degree in the field. Elle takes the leap and makes it happen. She joins law school with an entirely different motive but soon becomes outshines her peers. Including the person, she was there for in the first place.

With their fates shockingly aligned, it is hard to dismiss thoughts of Legally Blonde being a sequel to Clueless.

What do you think?

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How ‘North By Northwest’ pioneered the new breed of action cinema

by Emily Keen

Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest retains its reputation as an inspiring espionage thriller even decades after its release. Contemporary thriller franchises including James Bond, Mission Impossible have unequivocally borrowed the template of this great thriller.

But what is that makes this film the pioneer of action cinema?

To begin with, no movie buff can ever get enough of the larger than life adventure and glorious set pieces. The film has had a lasting influence on generations of cinema. The glossy backdrop, sensual themes, and high voltage adventures, seen in big franchises like Fast and Furious are all borrowed elements from Hitchcock’s all-encompassing action-adventure.

It is said that screenwriter Ernest Leham was tasked with writing a show stopper script to give the fans the best Hitchcock movie of all time. Alfred’s favorite frontman, Cary Grant plays the role of Roger Thornhill an ad exec mistaken for government agent George Caplan. Thornhill is thus forced to make a run from the law and assailants chasing him to death. He is desperate to clear his name of all the charges against him and sets out to find the real Caplan. Except the real Caplan is only a decoy created by the American government to draw the enemy’s attention away from an undercover operation.

Alfred considered plot details to be supplementary in his films. ‘MacGuffin’ was a term invented by Angus MacPhail for films but popularized by Hitchcock through his films. It is used to describe a plot device which builds the story but ultimately holds no significance to the audience whatsoever. In the case of North By Northwest, ‘George Caplan’ is the ‘MacGuffin’.

The film structure is laid down with a careful arrangement of set pieces to boost the excitement of the story. An interesting fact about North By Northwest, revealed by Hitchcock’s biographer John Russell Taylor was that the film was outlined as an exciting line up of action sequences. A story was later developed to piece all these sequences together. Did you ever think that the action bits of the cinema we consider a decoration to the script could actually be the foundation of the plot?

But that is Hitchcock!

An expert in multiple genres of suspense including crime drama, murder mysteries, and psycho thrillers, the aficionado had his way of communicating with the audiences through various components in the frame. For instance, smartly fading out voices of a conversation with noises. Just a way to let you know that “Whatever they are saying is not important. Just enjoy the ride”

Furthermore, he enjoyed outdoing himself with every film he made. Explains the perfection and originality of his action sequences in every film. In one of his interviews, Hitchcock spoke of the famous crop duster scene in North by Northwest.

It rather overthrew the expectations of the audience with the attempt on hero’s life happening in an open field as opposed to usual norms of dark corners of streets and the attackers using a biplane instead of a car.

The process of piecing together the action scenes has become a method for thriller foundations since then. And cheat death stunts, cars flying in the air and parachute fisticuffs in franchises like 007 had become the selling point for films in the niche.

 

Christopher McQuarrie, writer, and director of the two latest MI films admittedly follows Hitchcock and Lehman’s Method to compose his movies.

Another factor that adds to the excitement is its elegant protagonists. Cary Grant’s charm in most films makes ladies go weak in their knees. This idea of a suave and witty gentleman was generously replicated for the character of James Bond. It would not be surprising to know that Grant was Ian fleming’s first choice to play Bond in Dr. No.

Thornhill’s ability to charm and the handsome grey suit was a direct pick for Sean Connery’s 007. And if you recollect Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, the man depends entirely on his own instincts and wits to survive. The idea of a protagonist who knows exactly what to say to turn a situation in his favor rules franchises like MI and 007.

The larger than life experiences weaved by Alfred Hitchcock in North by Northwest kick-started a regime of stylish spies and action heroes. The idea was absorbed and further modified by Bond films. The globetrotting bits from Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious and Keanu Reeves’ John Wick films also originate from this very Hitchcock romp.

Sophisticated themes and sense of humor prevails in action adventures of the modern era. Audiences fancy the characters for the thrill they bring with their near-death experiences and still manage to keep it attractive. No wonder North by Northwest has an enduring effect on cinemas to date.

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Jack From ‘Titanic’ is a Time Traveler?

by Emily Keen

A theory from fans will completely change your idea about one of the greatest films ever made. James Cameron’s Titanic as seen right now is a romantic journey that begins on a magnificent ship. The story as we know it was recited by Rose, a survivor who fell in love with Jack Dawson a fellow traveler on board the ship.

But there have been certain inconsistencies in the tale of this epic romance that leaves us wondering. Jack, a young adult from humble roots pursues Rose, a lady of dignified origins. And as the ship progresses so does the intensity of their love. But it has been speculated that Jack was, in fact, a time traveler, who was there only to save Rose’s life.

Sounds crazy? Let us break it down for you. The infamous Titanic met its fate in the year 1912. But there are certain claims that Jack makes, which are shocking for a person existing in that time period.

For starters, the nude art enthusiast says he went ice fishing in Lake Wissota. The man-made Lake in Wisconsin was built in 1917. Now for a man to go fishing in a water body that did not exist until five years in the future, it seems rather impossible in a linear timeline.

In the classic “King of the World” scene, Jack promises Rose a ride on a roller coaster in Santa Monica Pier and that they could ride it until they throw up. As charming as his dreams sound, it might as well be a dream in 1912 since the roller coaster never existed until 1916.

Is it starting to creep you out yet? There is more though!

Jack’s hair looks pretty wonderful, doesn’t it? Except for that kind of hairstyling does not belong to the era in which the Titanic existed. It came into the picture almost in the 1930s. Men’s hair in those days was slicker and closely cropped at the sides.

Speaking of more out of fashion stuff, remember the guy’s backpack? The rucksack that Jack and his friend Fabrizio carry was not in existence until the 1930s. What is more surprising is that the man does not have the kind of money he needs to enter the Titanic. He gambles his way into the ship.

The smoking hot commoner smoked filtered cigarettes that were the product of the 1940s. Did our beloved had a pack picked for the trip to the past is just the question?

So why did he even make that trip? And if he did, why did he not save the lives of thousands of people on board.

The answer seems rather unreasonable but it seems like the only logical way out of this puzzle. The man was there only to save Rose! That’s right!

Imagine if Rose’s attempt to suicide was successful, the ship would obviously have stopped its journey and possibly dodged its perilous fate. That’s for sure given Rose’s high profile status. But Jack is the one who talks the lady out of it and prevents her from jumping from the deck. Not just that. He continues to be with her until the very end and saves her life from the disaster.

But why go through all the trouble to save one woman when he could have saved the lives of so many?

We guess it’s an answer that Jack has taken with himself.

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Is E.T. really a Jedi Knight from Star Wars Universe?

by Emily Keen

Fans have theories connecting Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to Lucas’ Star Wars universe. A theory has been doing rounds for quite some time now, that E.T. is, in fact, a Jedi Knight.

It’s a well-known fact that Lucas and Spielberg went to the same film school and share a strong friendship and have even collaborated on projects. Apart from individual success in each of their careers, they got together to give us the Indiana Jones franchise. Besides joint ventures, they even gave each other stakes in projects. Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind got Lucas a stake and the latter’s Star Wars shares a stake with the former.

Given the bond they share, it is rather obvious that they discuss and share opinions on creative matters. And E.T. is no different. Besides, E.T. has at least two Star Wars references. Don’t shock yourself just yet!

Because that isn’t it!

The first is the obvious trick-or-treater dressed as Yoda. The second may sound like a ‘no big deal kind of pop culture reference’ happening in movies all the time. It is Elliott playing with Star Wars figures.

Now some would argue that it was the most basic scene that was important to introduce the story. And given the popularity of the Star Wars franchise, there is rather no other reference that would fit in perfectly.

Agreed!

But then there is a strong fundamental link that adds weight to our claims.

Remember the delegates of the Galactic Senate who appeared in the 1999 Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace?  Can you argue that they are not the same species as E.T.?

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Pointless isn’t it?

We all know the legendary Yoda who addressed the chamber!

Events from the Star Wars chapter one are far behind in the past. But the great Yoda will be remembered and spoken about in years to come. Although we do not know what species he belongs to.

The trick-or-treater scene of a boy dressed as Yoda is fuelling notions that E.T. knows who Yoda is. Why else would he mumble ‘Home’ and try to go towards the human who is only there pulling up cosplay?

In 1982, this could be considered an Easter Egg. But since the release of Phantom Menace, the arc attained a whole new perspective. It was definite proof that the delegates of the Galactic Senate might share a common origin with E.T. We all know, Jedi Knights come from different species. So why would it be wrong to assume that little E.T. did harbor the power of the Force?

Especially after looking at this:

So kids from the 80s have something to boast now! You knew about the existence of a Jedi Knight long before they were officially introduced to the world. How cool is that?

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more such theories!

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10 Best Thriller and Suspense Films of All Time

by Emily Keen

We all know that empty feeling when everything in life is normal? It is because, difficult times and tense moments however unwanted, arguably bring a thrill to life. It is in these moments we feel our hearts pounding like it’s racing against time. We feel alive! This is the exact thrill induced by suspense films. But how often do we come across movies that drive you at the edge of the seat or have you jumping with rug pulling twists?  The combination of utterly creepy characters, mind-bending twists and a compelling plot with pace is what makes the best thrillers.

But it is definitely another huge task to choose the best thrillers from troves of available cinematic gems.

We have narrowed down the list to the 10 movies which remain the best thrillers of all time.

  1. Rear Window (1954)

Ever been so bored you had nothing to do but just randomly build creepy stories in mind? Imagine if that creepy story becomes reality. Scary no? That’s exactly the kind of feeling this film invokes. Rear Window is a masterpiece weaved by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock featuring James Stewart, a photojournalist who is left bound to his apartment due to a broken leg. Since, besides his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and girlfriend (Grace Kelly), the man has no interactions with the world, he resorts to peeping through the windows of the neighbors which leads to unraveling scandalous truths. But what makes this classic even more special is Hitchcock’s art of storytelling and the screenplay that does not involve any action. Just pure humor, suspense souled up by its magnetic cast.

 

  1. North by Northwest (1959)

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The master of suspense, Hitchcock strikes yet again! The dashing honcho of sophisticated comedy, Cary Grant is paired up with other usual Hitchcock collaborators James Mason and Eva Marie Saint. Grant’s charm is as usual worth betting all the money on. Grant plays Roger Thornhill who is mistaken for a government agent and hunted by police and assassins. Eva Kendall protects the man and the two develop a tantalizing relationship while hunting for the real government agent. This film is a legacy that inspired numerous thrillers, only a few among which have successfully made an impact. Although not the same as this film.

 

  1. Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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Based on a volatile plot unraveling secrets of underworld politics, the studio thought it was too risky to produce the film. But with support from John F. Kennedy, John Frankenheimer finally breathed life into a politically charged USSR brainwash thriller. If one wishes to witness the gruesome politics through black and white frames, this iconic film is your go-to. Frank Sinatra plays a U.S. army hero who returns to his homeland from Korea. But the fact that he has been hired by the communists to assassinate a presidential nominee is finally discovered by his buddy who sets on a quest to stop his pal from committing a felony.

 

  1. Blood Simple (1984)

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Written, directed, edited and produced by Ethan and Joel Coen, this is the duo’s breakout movie. The film is a brooding crime classic from the siblings who knew nothing about film sets when they were ready to shoot this dark-humored thriller. Marty(Dan Hedaya) is a bar owner and a ruthless torturer of his wife. Frances McDormand who plays the wife ultimately resorts to cheating with one of the bartenders at Marty’s bar. Marty somehow sniffs the betrayal and hires a detective (Visser) to kill the wife and the lover. Steering moments of pure horror but keeping audiences in the know of everything, in contrast to most thriller this film binds a tale of bleak fatalism which is a recurring theme in most cinemas.

 

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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This Oscar-winning work of art became the third film in American history to sweep five major awards after It Happened One Night and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To date the horror film remains the only scary film to win The Best Picture Oscar. The film concocts a shrewd serial killer psychology thriller brilliantly brought to life by Jodie Foster, Jack Crawford, and Anthony Hopkins. This is one of those rare movies which has the power to keep you coming back for a re-watch even though you know what it entails. Jonathan Demme indeed crafted a gripping plot to pull the audience right inside the story.

 

  1. The Usual Suspects (1995)

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“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The iconic line from this movie by the legendary Kevin Spacey says everything about this blazing cult classic. In his Oscar-winning performance, Spacey plays a mysterious con man and plans a million dollar heist with his partners, the usual suspects in the list of police records. The planned heist fails on cosmic proportions and then comes an offer from the Devil himself. Keyser Soze is a criminal mastermind known to people only through stories of his heinous crimes but not by face. The suspects agree for they have little choice left when it comes to dealing with the mysterious face of violence.

 

  1. Se7en (1995)

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The ending is blowing the minds of audiences even today. If that is not enough to get you excited about the film, David Fincher’s unparalleled obsession with weaving, edgy dark stories will. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play detectives looking into brutal murders symbolizing seven sins- pride, lust, gluttony, wrath, sloth, greed and envy. A vicious yet epic tale that approaches a twist of stellar proportions at the end. Se7en inspired countless storylines and revolutionized the genre of detective/thriller.

 

  1. Memento (2000)

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Apart from the riveting performances by Guy Pearce and Joe Pantoliano what makes this film so great is Christopher Nolan’s flair of weaving an emotionally charged storyline with equally magnificent twists. The film is a different kind of cinematic experience altogether with reverse storylines and chronological events merge and help you connect with the soul of the character. It gets you curious and more importantly satisfies that curiosity. It reveals the end at the very start defying the fundamental norms of cinematic storytelling. What makes you stick around is just the characters and theme.

 

  1. No Country For Old Men (2007)

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It’s the ‘once amateur’ siblings again! Imagine if Ethan and Joel Coen can create a masterpiece without knowing things about filmmaking, what could they do with experience? Cormac McCarthy’s novel forms the plot for this thrilling film. No exaggeration intended! It is literally thrilling. It begins with a Vietnamese veteran (Josh Brolin) discovering a huge amount of cash in the wake of a failed drug deal. He flees with the cash and invites being chased by an enigmatic killer. The crisp frames, captivating landscapes, and biblical themes elevate the effect of this ‘almost an action’ feature by the Coen Brothers.

 

  1. Prisoners (2013)

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A peculiar touch of David Fincher’s dark and seedy world is the treatment that prevails the backdrop of Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners. Hugh Jackman plays a father whose 6-year-old daughter is missing and the identity of the kidnapper is the obvious mystery they have to solve. The feature is a slow burn of tension intensified with jaw-dropping twists and turns. Jake Gyllenhaal plays detective Loki who is obsessed with his job and Paul Dano is a suspect who is released due to lack of evidence. The stellar cast along with an emotionally powerful storyline makes this movie an absolute work of art.

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Gerard Butler Tapped For a High Voltage Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

An elevated action thriller titled The Plane has made its way into Gerard Butler’s schedule. The film will be launched at the AFM next week by MadRiver International. The domestic rights to the film are attained by CAA Media Finance.

Charles Cumming and  J.P. Davis have written the script based on a book penned by Cumming. Butler will be seen as a commercial pilot Ray Torrance who skilfully lands his damaged aircraft in a war zone but now must face the brunt of militants trying to take the passengers hostage.

The film is being produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan and Ara Keshishian. Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner are also co-producing the venture.

Between 300 and his Fallen franchise, the actor has created a different groove for himself. The actor recently starred in the final installment of the successful series Angel Has Fallen which grossed at $133 million globally.  He has also demonstrated some serious acting chops in The Vanishing, which follows three lighthouse keepers who come across a missing fortune.

Although his action cinema does not have a serious fanbase, we cant wait to see how he goes about donning a pilot stuck in a warzone. The production for The Plane is set to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

Butler’s upcoming projects include Ric Roman Waugh‘s thriller Greenland, and Jamie Foxx‘s upcoming basketball comedy All-Star Weekend.

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Star War’s Lands in a Pit of Uncertainty Yet Again

by Emily Keen

The future of the Star Wars franchise is still on the fence. With GOT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff exiting the project, fans are left to wonder how and where the brand will progress from here on.

Kevin Feige is set to produce a Star Wars film but that won’t happen any time soon since the Marvel studios honcho is busy with MCU projects. Feige who has led the Marvel universe on a sensational journey with multiple billion-dollar products was rumored to probably take over Lucasfilm. But a recent report from ‘Variety’ dismissed the rumors of Feige attaining any big role at Lucasfilm.

Besides, the Star Wars Franchise is a solid brand in itself and needs not to worry about the effects of organizational level mishaps. Each film in the universe aside from Star Wars: Solo Story has grossed over $1 billion global collections.

Also, creators leaving a project is not entirely an alien situation for the franchise. Remember when Colin Trevorrow and Josh Trank left their Star Wars projects even before they started? Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s unforeseen exit from the Han Solo-centric feature was almost an upheaval of stellar proportions.

In a recent report, Variety cleared some facts on the unfortunate situation the creators and makers were trapped in and how the Ron Howard did the unthinkable by filling in the last moment.

The duo viewed the project as an opportunity to weave a fresh and unique concept that sets it apart from the other franchise films and not just make it a fan service affair. Lucasfilm, however, was not in for all the improvisation and risk-taking. Where everyone was looking forward to a Lord-and-Miller-directed Han Solo feature, the duo had a hard time coming up with a vision for the film that harmonized with the outlook of the studio. Extensive experimentation and uncertainty caused the film’s production to be delayed thus inviting a situation wherein no other option was left for the two rather than to leave the franchise.

The studio ultimately brought in Howard who shot 70 percent of the final feature and delivered the $250M film right in time for its Memorial Day release.

It looks like Benioff and Weiss’ departing situation is much better than that of Miller and Lord’s retreat. Obviously, because the project has not begun any production.

As reported by Variety “The departure of the two [David Benioff, D.B. Weiss] likely sends the studio back to the drawing board with the future of the series more uncertain than it has been since Disney closed its $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm in 2012.”

But given Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilms’ expertise in handling the status quo, the franchise definitely seems in safe hands. Although they don’t have much time with the release of the last film of Skywalker Saga closing in. The fact that they do need a comprehensive strategy for future-proofing the brand is inevitable.

The last chapter of the Skywalker trilogy is all set for release on December 20th, 2019.

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Jeffrey Wright confirmed in the role of Batman’s GCPD Ally

by Emily Keen

The Batman director has spilled the beans on the actor’s identity set to don Commissioner Gordon. Jeffrey Wright is now confirmed for the role of the caped crusader’s ally from the police department.

The rumors of Wright playing Gordon have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Although the Westworld actor’s onboarding was not verified by any of the makers or the directors until yesterday.

The Cloverfield director took to his tweeter account to introduce Wright as Gordon.

The tweet did not say much. He merely wrote the word Tweet!  And Gordon with a hashtag followed by a bat emoji. So there you go. You know who the head of the Gotham city Police Department is.

The Batman’s casting is still an ongoing affair or at least it seems so since there is not much confirmation on the finalizing of many characters. For now, all we know is that Twilight star Robert Pattinson will play Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz has been tapped in as Catwoman, Paul Dano will don The Riddler and now it’s Wright in the skin of James Gordon.

Jonah Hill has reportedly walked away from the role of Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot which led to Jason Alexander volunteering to play the role. Although it does not seem that Reeves has accepted the Seinfeld actor’s offer.

The Batman, as far as we know, follows the life of young Bruce Wayne and the plot will be somewhere along the lines of Bruce Wayne trying to track a serial killer in Gotham City, keeping suspicious of almost every supervillain in the comic. But the makers were upright in stating that the film is a standalone affair and has no connections with the DCEU whatsoever.

DC movies do not have a great reputation of standing tall at the Box Office with a shared universe. On the other hand, individual ventures tend to perform a great deal. It worked for Joker. Might as well turn out the same way for the masked vigilante’s latest.

The film has locked June 25, 2021, for release. Its currently under the pre-production phase and hopefully we will have news on more castings rolling out soon.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more details on the film.

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Jeremy Irons to star in a Racehorse Biopic

by Emily Keen

Frankel, the British race wonder horse’s life is getting a film treatment. Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has been tapped in to play the Horse’s trainer Henry Cecil in the film.

Irons is known for his roles in The Lion King, Die Hard: With A Vengeance and The Man In The Iron Mask. His role as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune won him the Oscar. Currently, the actor stars in a hit HBO series, Watchmen.

Frankel is a retired racehorse owned by breeder Khalid Abdullah, who ran 14 races and went out unbeaten in all the races. Irons will play his trainer who endured years of professional failure and sickness and train Frankel into one of the greatest racehorses, the races have ever seen.  Frankel’s final race at the Champions stakes was indeed an emotional event as the sire went bowing out in front of the capacity crowd at the Ascot Racecourse. The film is set to chart the highly emotional and powerful bond between Frankel and his late trainer.

Apart from starring in the Film, Iron will also be producing it alongside Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films.

“A lot of people have tried to make this film but fell short of the mark,” Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films told screendaily.com.

“Jim Piddock’s script stands out as the perfect balance of drama and action and director Ron Scalpello is a gifted director, visceral, sensitive and extremely hard working and creative. Jeremy was first choice to play Henry and has a genuine love for horses. Jeremy’s decision to join us as a producer has further cemented his passion for this project.” They added.

This, however, is not the first time that the winning horse’s life story has been documented. Frankel and Cecil’s relationship was earlier showcased in a British documentary named The Trainer and the Racehorse: The Legend of Frankel.  It aired on Channel 4 in 2015.

The worldwide sales on Frankel’s biopic will be handled by Canadian Wazabi Films. The co-presidents of the firm Anick Poirier and Lorne Price expressed by saying they “immediately connected with the determination and resilience of the story.”

The film is written by Jimmy Piddock and will be directed by The Corrupted and My Name Is Lenny’s Ron Scalpello.

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An Iconic Character from Spiderman to Cameo in Sony’s Morbius

by Emily Keen

There could be an unexpected cameo of a Spiderman character in Sony’s upcoming antihero flick Morbius. News has been doing rounds that J. K. Simmons could appear in Morbius in the form of J. J. Jameson.

A twitter handle, DR Movie News cited an unnamed source to have had a peek through the footage of the Daily Bugle editor-in-chief making an appearance in the Jared Leto film.

As reported by CBR.com – “Freelance media journalist Daniel Richtman seemed to confirm that footage of Simmons as J.J did exist for the upcoming Sony film, though no descriptions were provided.”

J. J. Jameson’s character has famously appeared in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy. As of lately, he also made an appearance in Spiderman: Far From Home. MCU’s version of this fan-favorite character is in the form of a host of an online news show instead of an editor-in-chief of a newspaper.

It’s about time the two studios settle on a common version of hefty Simmons, as it seems he is not just passing by and is definitely sticking around.

Given the character has already appeared in a Marvel Studios film, it is clear that Sony needs an approval to use Jameson in Morbius.

So if they have come to an agreement on Jameson, does it mean that the SMCU and MCU are ready to build bridges?

If Jameson does make an appearance in Morbius, it is not wrong to assume that Sony well intends on sharing the Spider-Verse with the MCU.  In other words, Sony’s Venom and Morbius do not just exist in a shared universe of their own, but may somehow be connected to the MCU just like Spiderman.

Kevin Feige now has creative control over all Marvel characters and is also the one to broker the deal with Sony to maintain Spiderman’s presence across universes. It is possible that the new arrangement might have opened doors for various other characters to travel across the cinematic universes too. His statement about the new deal might have hinted at the existence of a multiverse between MCU and Sony’s Marvel characters.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Morbius starring Jared Leto as the eponymous character will be directed by Daniel Espinosa. Matt Smith will be playing Loxias Crown and Adria Arjona is set to don Martine Bancroft.  Further, we have Tyrese Gibson as Agent Stroud and Jarred Harris in an unnamed role. The film will open in theatres on July 31, 2020.

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Teen Wolf Heartthrob to Lead an Infestation Thriller

by Emily Keen

Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has been signed for a new thriller from Johnny Martin – Alone. The movie will also star Donald Sutherland alongside Posey in the lead role, Deadline confirmed. 

Sutherland is known for his role in The Hunger Games franchise as President Snow. He recently also starred in Brad Pitt led cosmic thriller Ad Astra. Sutherland’s other credits include Lolita and Buck White. 

The plot follows the life of Aidan(Posey) who locks himself in his apartment to protect his life from infected screamers infesting the complex. Amidst the chaos Aidan discovers that a young girl (Summer Spiro) in a house across his courtyard is also trapped and now must find a way out for both of them. 

The story naturally unfolds into a tantalizing romance between the two youngsters together in times of danger. 

Alone is written by Matt Naylor and financed by HIG Productions. Martin in addition to helming the movie is also co-producing alongside Rabih Aridi and Anne Jordan.

Malaysian actress Maya Karin also has a brief role in the film as that of a scientist who understands the virus infecting the screamers.  The actress confirmed her onboarding earlier in July when she flew to LA for the short scene. 

The film began shooting in May this year and i currently in the post production phase.

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Game of Thrones Creators Drop Star Wars Trilogy Project

by Emily Keen

David Benioff and Dan Weiss have chosen to walk away from the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy. The Game of Throne creators juggled a $200 M deal with Netflix and realized it was not possible to do justice to both projects in the given time frame. 

The duo had entered an agreement with Disney Lucasfilm to write and produce the project. The official announcement of the deal came in February 2018. But earlier this year, when GOT was almost ready for its final showdown, ‘Deadline’ found out that the duo were being approached by as many as 6 film studios.

The pair finally closed a $200 M deal to write, produce and direct a venture for Netflix. 

Benioff and Weiss acknowledged in a public statement that it would not be fair for more than one project to be handled in such tight frames. 

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” they said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

Kathleen Kenedy, Lucasfilm President said in his statement: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

No comments were made on as to what the future of this trilogy would be, but that need not concern Star Wars fans. A different trilogy from Rian Johnson is already on charts of Lucasfilm along with other releases in the Franchise. These include Kevin Feige’s film, Disney + live-action series Mandalorian and the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney + series. 

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Joker Takes Over Maleficient’s Collections, Back to Being No. 1

by Emily Keen

Arthur Fleck’s contagious laugh does not seem to be dying any sooner. Joaquin Phoenix’s magnum Opus now stands strong with a global collection of $849 million. The DC movie has toppled Angelina Jolie’s fantasy fiction once again to reclaim it’s top spot this weekend.

According to ‘Deadline’ the Todd Phillip’s Joker rolled in a $18.9 million where as the Disney film brought in $18.5 million. The numbers are close but the fact that Joker has been it its fifth week of release speaks for itself. In the last week, Maleficient 2 brought down the highly acclaimed Phoenix starrer with the collection of $36.9 million. Joker in that weekend stood at $29 Million.

Maleficient: Mistress of Evil’s global earnings as of now are $293.5 million.

This weekend was rather peaceful with studios slowing down releases for the onset of Halloween. In the third place, stood Addams Family with $11.7 million edging out Zombieland: Double Tap which brought in $11.6 million.

Joker’s list of accolades could already bind a compendium and it has them coming. The movie has now officially surpassed Deadpool’s record as the highest grossing R-rated movie. The Ryan Reynold’s film stood at $782.6 million.

Terminator: Dark Fate debuted in cinemas this weekend and made $12.8 million. The numbers might have been a tad disappointing given the hype around the Linda Hamilton starrer. But the movie might soon catch up as there are Holidays coming up in the keys markets of release.

As for Joker, it is still running strong in Europe. This weekend added $47.8 million to Jokers collections from 79 overseas markets. The film is now looking forward to a $950 million worldwide collection.

The film is also the highest grossing WB movie in 14 international markets including Russia, Argentina and Mexico and the biggest DC movie in 34 markets which includes, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Argentina and Mexico.

Moreover it has stood at the #1 spot for a 4th weekend in a row in Europe. In Asia, Joker is now the 4th best WB title and the 2nd best of WB movie of all times in Latin America.

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It’s a Wrap for Daniel Craig’s Last installment of 007

by Emily Keen

The latest installment of the James Bond series, No Time to Die has successfully wrapped its shoot.

The official Instagram page of 007 confirmed the news. The news comes almost a month after Daniel Craig’s emotional speech on the final day of production in Italy. The Bond hunk was then tapped giving a heart-warming speech for a wrap up party.

The new picture features director Cary Fukunaga, Craig himself holding a clapperboard.


Post Spectre, this will be Craig’s last dive into the Bond universe. Fans are even more eager to see the actor don the secret agent for the last time. The makers were firm on having a strong story-line for Craig’s last film. And in the effort lost the original Bond director Danny Boyle.

Fukanaga finally came in as Boyle’s replacement, but the change led the film to be postponed until 2020. With his arrival Fukunaga made a few more additions to the line-up of the film including Rami Malek. Fukunaga has taken the shoot around the world and has been busy with the production of Bond 25. Craig’s on-set injury also added to the delay in the duration of the filming. But the shoot has finally come to an end.

Familiar faces are set to make returns in the 25th installment of the Bond series. Jefferey Wright will be reprising the role in the movie with his character Felix Leiter.

The movie is set to hit theatres in the April of 2020. Since the production is already complete, we can expect the first trailer to drop soon.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Jane Fonda Did the Unthinkable on Getting Arrested

by Emily Keen

Hollywood icon Jane Fonda got arrested on Friday for a climate change protest in Washington DC. But in that moment too, she did not let the situation affect her iconic stature. The Oscar winning actress accepted her BAFTA award while the policemen tied the plastic ties around her wrists and walked her to the van.

The actress was bestowed with the prestigious Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film during the BAFTA annual celebration in LA. She had moved to Washington DC with the intent of contributing to heighten the urgency against global climate change. Which is why she could not be present to accept the award.

The folks at the ceremony were surprised to see a video message of acceptance from Fonda acknowledging the award and also apologizing for not being there in person.

Here is the footage of the courageous actress getting arrested for a bigger cause and waving with her shackled hands thanking BAFTA for the award.


The actress moved to Washington to start a movement called Fire Drill Friday.

In her statement she said:

‘I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday.

‘It’ll be called Fire Drill Friday. And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.’ The actress’ inspiration to join the movement came from the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

She also said Greta had ‘realized what was happening and that this was barreling at us like an engine’. The ties around her hands did not seem to diminish her spirit even for a moment and she gracefully addressed the camera and walked way.

Fonda’s speech received a loud cheer and standing ovation from the activists.

The other actors who won at BAFTA this year include Steeve Coogan and Phoebe Waller Bridge. Coogan was bestowed with the Charlie Chaplin award for excellence in comedy. Bridge received the British Artist of the year.

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Realease Date Set for James Wan’s Upcoming Horror Flick

by Emily Keen

Aquaman director James Wan’s latest horror romp now has an official release date. Before going ahead with the sequel of the DC movie, Wan has bet his time on a project that takes him back to his horror roots. The Warner Bros. movie, Malignant is set to hit the screens on August 14, 2020, as suggested by a report from ‘Deadline’.

The cast line up for the film includes Anabelle Wallis who recently starred in Netflix’s Peaky Blinders. Jake Abel of CW’s Supernatural fame is also a part of the horror freight. The rest of the lineup includes George Young, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, and Ingrid Bisu. Bisu has co-written the film alongside Wan. In addition, she will executive produce the venture with Wan and his Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear.

Not many details about the film’s plot have been revealed yet. For all, we know from Wan’s statements that the film will be a Hard-R thriller.

Wan had said in a statement:  “There’s been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I’ll say is, I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller,” Wan said of the project earlier this year. “An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets.”

Malignant will be distributed by New Line Cinema with Starlight Media and Midas Innovation as the financers. The film is currently undergoing production in Los Angeles.

Wan’s previous direction credits include Saw, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Furious 7, and the Mamoa starrer DC freight Aquaman. Wan’s Conjuring and Insidious sagas have gained him the reputation of a horror film honcho. With Malignant, the director plans to weave a new kind of horror fantasy.

The film is set to square off against three major wide releases on opening. These include Universal’s Nobody, Sony’s Escape Room 2 and Disney’s The One and Only Ivan.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the film.

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Disney is Plotting the Second Round of Hocus Pocus

by Emily Keen

A sequel of the cult favorite Halloween classic Hocus Pocus is apparently making movements. A report from ‘Collider’ confirmed that Jen D’Angelo is on board and working on the script. The sequel is exclusively aimed for streaming on Disney’s web streaming service, Disney +.

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The report also claims that the writer has been asked to work the script to get back the original characters. The 1993 classic starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in the role of the three lead witches. There are rumors that the three actresses might make a return in the sequel. If they will reprise their roles or pass the legacy to a new generation of actors, is still a fact that remains unclear. Given the fact that the Witches are obsessed with restoring their youth, we may not be wrong to assume that the Sanderson sisters could be portrayed by three young faces.

The original PG-rated film was written by Mick Harris. The plot follows as a young boy, Max unintentionally resurrects the Sanderson sisters (the witches) from the dead inviting trouble for his little sister. The film progresses as Max along with his love interest Allison makes a run from the witches trying to save his sister and all the children in the city. The film was helmed by Kenny Ortega.

Many of the original cast has expressed interest in making a return in the sequel, including the actresses who played the witches and also Doug Jones who played the deadman, Billy Butcherson. Considering the cultural impact of the characters, Disney could very well grant them the wish.

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The film then did not land as a box office success initially, but over the years went on to become one of the most-watched Halloween movies. Despite the film lacking commercial success, Disney has kept its fad piqued with recurring streaming on All Hallows Eve. It’s consistent airing on Disney’s networks probably aided the film’s growth as a classic loved by a huge faction of audience.

As for D’Angelo, she has served as a writer-producer for CBS’ Happy Together and Fox’s sitcom LA to Vegas.  She also holds the credits as the associate producer of Netflix’s Game Over, Man!  She also made a consistent appearance on Facebook series Loosely exactly Nicole, as Veronica.

Disney + launches on November 12 it plans to add a whole lot of fan-favorite freights to the platter in addition to lots of reboots and spin-offs. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Fast And Furious 9 Tapped Rapper Cardi B

by Emily Keen

Fast and Furious 9 has been making waves with it’s casting news lately. No very late after the news of Keanu Reeves possibly becoming a part of the Franchise future rolled out, they are ready with the next blow.

Cardi B has been signed for an unknown role in the upcoming installment of the fast-cars feature. The Fast and Furious frontman Vin Diesel dropped a clip of him and Cardi B acknowledging their last day of shooting in the UK.

In the video, Cardi B is seated next to Diesel, while he tells us that the entire cast has given the film everything. The Emmy winning rapper shares the feeling, declaring this film would be the best one of all the others in the franchise.

The news of Cardi being a part of Fast 9 comes on the final day of their UK shoot. Which means the queen of rap had been onboard for quite some time now. Looks like Diesel is hell-bent on not letting the hype die down. He kept it in the hopper and dropped the news yesterday as the film is nearing wrap. Cardi B recently sizzled alongside Jennifer Lopez in the hit stripper crime thriller Hustlers.

Many popular names have joined the cast in unknown roles including John Cena, Finn Cole and now Cardi. Reggaeton artist Ozuna will also be a part of this hot lineup. Ozuna and Cardi have previously worked together for the hit DJ Snake Song and its music video- Taki Taki.

Besides the new joiners, we have familiar faces making returns. Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris Bridges (aka Ludacris), Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron will be reprising their roles along with Vin Diesel.

The ninth film of the series is being directed by Justin Lin who had also helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films of the saga. The film will open in theatres on May 22, 2020.

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Gemini Man’s Abysmal Figures Will Take a Toll On its Production Companies

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man was trying hard to breathe since two weeks of its release. But looks like the game’s over for the Double Smith feature. The movie rolled in multiple bad reviews from critics and faced tough competition from the highly acclaimed Joker and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

But that’s not all with director Ang lee’s directorial venture. The movie took multiple hits of disappointments and this one seems like the last nail in the coffin.

Gemini Man’s failure at the box office is a testament that not even a wildly popular actor and an Oscar-winning director can save a bad script. The story sees Will Smith, squaring off against a young clone of himself (materialized with de-aging tech).

The movie is set to face a whopping loss of $75 million. The movie opened in the domestic market at $20 million. If you think that is worse, the worldwide collection figure will sink your heart.

The action thriller made a modest $118.7 million dollar global collection according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. The film still had high hopes from Chinese Markets where it disappointed again with just $21 million over the weekend where Maleficent: Mistress of Evil surprisingly surpassed making $22.4 million.

The loss, however, will be shared by David Ellison’s Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and the China-based Fosun and Alibaba. The production of the Will Smith starrer cost roughly around $140 million and over $100 million was spared as the marketing budget.

The movie garnered high hopes across demographics for being the trailblazer of de-aging and high frame rate technology.  Paramount and Skydance, however, predicted the current precarious situation when pre-release tracking and reviews showed no signs of positivity.

The VFX packed feature is by Far Lee’s worst project with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paramount and Skydance each invested 35 percent budget in the film. Paramount’s returns, however, will ultimately soar up through distribution minimizing the loss. Fosun and Alibaba have 25 percent and 5 percent stakes respectively as per sources.

Both Paramount and Skydance can still hope for redemption for they have James Cameron’s Terminator: Dark Fate coming to theatres next month.

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Zack Snyder’s Upcoming Zombie Film Wraps Shoot

by Emily Keen

Zack Snyder is done with the principal photography of his upcoming film Army of The Dead. The Man of steel director took to Vero to acknowledge the wrap of his upcoming zombie romp.

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Since Dawn of the Dead (2004), this will be Snyder’s first zombie feature. The director stepped away from the movies post Dawn of Justice (2017) owing to a family tragedy. Army of The Dead marks a comeback to his momentarily snoozing career.

His wife Deborah, Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman are co-producing the venture alongside Snyder himself.

The Netflix exclusive’s plotline picks up 6 years after the city of Las Vegas has been put under isolation down to a Zombie outbreak. Amidst the vicious assortment of the walking dead, a mercenary (played by Dave Bautista) brings together a group of soldiers to retrieve a casino owner’s money from the quarantined zone of the zombie-infested city.  Snyder came up with the idea of the plot and put together a script along with Shay Hatten.

Apart from Bautista, the movie contains one exciting line up including Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Ana De La Reguera, Huma Qureshi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D’Elia, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone.

When the project was announced Snyder was excited to have full creative independence with a film. He said in a statement, “There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one. I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose [like this].”

In a recent interview, he also expressed how the movie has given him a chance to introspect and grow.

“With Army [of the Dead], it’s difficult not to do to a social statement because the movie is about building a wall for refugees and veterans but it’s also fun to do a zombie heist in Vegas. It makes it richer and better. I can’t help myself. I’ve always worked in a self-reflective way. Cinema is a reflective art form.”

History has not been very kind to Netflix’s decision of giving directors full creative control over films. Films like Roma, Gerald’s Game Apostle and Hold the Dark have failed to generate a consistent response from the audience. Snyder, however, seems pretty confident about his ideas as the movie falls well in the confines of his creative expertise.

Netflix has not given an official release date for the movie. Zack However has revealed the launch could happen somewhere in the winter of 2020. We are hoping the project is worth all the wait.

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Dwayne Johnson is Finally Ready to Don Black Adam

by Emily Keen

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to break the ice around his dormant DC project. Black Adam, the arch-nemesis to Shazam! is finally happening. The project that has been in talks for over a decade, is ready to begin production in July next year.

Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo has stepped in to produce the film alongside Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions.

Johnson took to his Twitter to confirm the production by reposting an image of a fan-made sculpture of the antihero.

After the huge success of Shazam! the makers are already working on a sequel. Black Adam was earlier set to appear in the movie. But looking at the rich history of the character, the makers decided to give the villain a feature of his own.

The gestating project will be helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The director has already worked with Johnson on the upcoming Disney flick, Jungle Cruise.

Dwayne Johnson was approached for the role of Shazam! but he chose Teth-Adam intrigued by the transformation curve of the character. He said he found it interesting how the character goes on to become a villain from a slave and then an antihero.

The Shazam! movie has equally had its share of delays and conflicts.

The movie had kicked up in the pre-production phase in 2008 at New Line Cinema. But as soon as the studio was acquired by Warner Bros. the project had to be shelved. As a part of the old plan, Peter Segal was tapped in to direct the movie with a script from John August.

August left the project over creative differences with the studio. Apparently the studio wanted more intensity to Shazam post the success of The Dark Knight. The draft prepared for Shazam was more on a comical and light-hearted side.

Meanwhile, another team of scriptwriters tried their luck with Shazam’s script. Bill Burch and Geoff Johns too tried making progress but apparently did not think that Johnson will stick around with the script being constantly altered.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel released in 2013. Segal stated that a Kibosh was put on Shazam! owing to the superhero’s similarities with Superman.

 

 

In August 2014 the movie was back in talks and Dwayne Johnson confirmed he was still a part of it. Later that year in September, he finally settled his choice of character with Black Adams – the modern antihero version. In 2017 David F. Sandberg stepped on board as the director of Shazam!

By the time DC had something big planned for Johnson’s character. They decided to make the character a solo film without him making an appearance in Shazam! They wanted the character to have an origin story before facing off against the superhero.

You have to give it up for Johnson for sticking around for so long. 12 years if you will! Besides this will be the actor’s first time testing the waters of the superhero territory. It will be interesting to watch an otherwise morally right Johnson, approach an unusual grey character.

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James Gunn Says It’s Okay if Genius Filmmakers Don’t Like Superhero Movies

by Emily Keen

Martin Scorsese taking a dig at Marvel movies, calling them “not cinema” has now escalated into a war of words between the directors who are for and against the comments.

In his resolve to support Martin’s thoughts, Francis Ford Coppola took a hard hit at the comic book movie universe. He called the films “Despicable”!

 

 

Speaking to a Journalist in Lyon where he was awarded the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema, Coppola said:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

James Gunn particularly could not stay quiet at the sound of this obnoxious criticism.

The Guardians of Galaxy director, however, did not call out to Coppola directly. He did but give quite a dignified response through an Instagram post using the word “Despicable”.

The post materialized with an image of an emotional scene shared by Groot and Rocket accompanied by captions in the vein of “a movie may not necessarily resonate across demographics”. He also highlighted how perceptions change with generations by citing examples of how our grandfathers and other elderly thought differently about movies that are in today’s time, considered classics. He ended by saying that if genius minds are not able to appreciate a movie loved by masses, it is still okay!

Here is James Gunn’s Instagram post with a statement responding to Coppola’s comments.

The dramatic exchange of emotions first began with Martin Scorsese saying in his interview with ‘Empire Magazine’, that he has had futile attempts of watching Marvel movies. He then doubled down the attack by classifying them into theme park adventures.

The Irishman director’s comments invited a twitter backlash from multiple Marvel actors and fans.

James Gunn had also responded to Scorsese’s comments saying

“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.”

We do not know if Gunn’s response will settle this heated debate. Marvel is currently the biggest entertainment company in show business. It has given audiences around the world, a universe full of hope that is now a part of their lives. So it’s hard to say if fans will let go of an attack on something they have cherished for years, so easily.

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The New Riddler is Ready to Challenge The Batman

by Emily Keen

Paul Dano has been tapped in as the Riddler for the upcoming Robert Pattinson led Batman movie. For a while, there were rumors about Jonah hill being in talks to play the character, but it seems the makers have finally settled the deal with Dano.

Dano’s character in the movie will be named Edward Nashton who goes on to adopt a villainous new identity as Edward Nygma.

The news of Dano’s casting was confirmed by Matt Reeves himself through Twitter.

Tantamount to his name, the Riddler is known to challenge Batman with tough to solve puzzles.

Riddler’s character first appeared in a live-action Batman series in the 1960s. The character was then portrayed by Frank Gorshin. Following which, the infamous portrayal of the character by Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever, left a mark.  In the recent Fox series Gotham, the role was marvelously handled by Corey Michael Smith.

The news broke almost 3 days after Zoe Kravitz landed the role of Catwoman in The Batman movie.

As for Dano, his previous credits include Escape at DannemoraSwiss Army ManLooper and, in the dual role of Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood. He also produced and co-wrote 2018’s Wildlife.

The Batman is set to begin shooting by January and will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. The latest reboot of the franchise follows the life of young Bruce Wayne.

Spotflik keeps you updated on all the latest happenings of Hollywood. Stay tuned!

 

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9 Great Spaghetti Western Movies Of All Times

by Emily Keen

Obsessed with Tarantino’s western revisionist dramas are we? But what laid the inspiration for Tarantino’s widely popular genre might still be unknown to many cinephiles. The template for the current revisionist cinema is borrowed from the works of Spaghetti westerns aficionados. Which you will realize once you watch the great epics of the genre mostly acclaimed to Sergio Leone, the legend of Spaghetti Westerns.

If you haven’t broached this group yet, here is what you can start with. Or rather you must start with!  

 

  1.   Once Upon A Time In The West

 IMDb rating: 8.5/10

Waging in all the classic vices of the genre, Once Upon a Time In The West sits at the pinnacle of the Spaghetti westerns. Well because everything right from Ennio Morricone’s score to the film’s visual impact is extraordinary. From an efficient blend of corruption, injustice and violence spawns a brutally honest tale of the old west. Henry Fonda’s Frank is a sadistic killer hired by a crippled railroad kingpin to seize the property of a prime railroad owner. The attempt of seizing the land goes foul as, after the death of the owner, the property is lawfully transferred to his wife who is now under the protection of Charles Brosnan’s Harmonica. Sergio Leone’s magnum opus is a vicious jumble of alliances and betrayals. Not to mention the riveting performances by Brosnan and Fonda.  The film is without a doubt the best western ever made.

  1.   The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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 IMDb rating: 8.8/10

TGTBTU is an epic stemming from the conflict in the wake of the civil war. For the uninitiated, this film is tantamount to the first port of call before making it to others in the genre. The magnificent film brings together three parties to track an allied treasure. The reluctant team-up unleashes a wild skirmish resulting in one of the classic and genius western stories ever made.

  1.   For A Few Dollars More

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 IMDb rating: 8.3/10

The quintessential tale of western partnership sets a platform for Sergio Leone’s famous trilogy. The movie surpassed its predecessor in every capacity but essentially not the successors. Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood is probably the best onscreen chemistry ever created with a pair of western gunslingers. Topping a fine storyline, as usual, was Morricone’s trademark score. The film’s climax unarguably beats the buildup and is the best pay-off amongst many others in the genre.  

  1.   The Great Silence

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 IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Sergio Corbucci manages to create a masterpiece tale with the backdrop of The Great Blizzard of 1899. The elements of a cold disaster worked hand in glove with the cold nature of the protagonist who loses his voice with the brutal assassination of his parents. Hungry for revenge he sets out to bring the killers to justice teaming with Mormon outlaws and a young African American woman. The movie managed to stand out with setup and story painted in stark contrast to its contemporaries. Tarantino’s Hateful Eight contains a eulogy of the opening scene of this film.

  1.   The Big Gundown

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 IMDb rating: 7.4/10

A symbol of American imperialism brewed by Sergio Donati brings out the shady truth of politics that prevailed in the era. Jonathan Corbett(Lee Van Cleef) is a lawman who is presented with a chance to run for Senate for he has displayed an unprecedented mastery of skills at work. But before that, he is assigned with bounty killing of an alleged rapist by the power broker throwing the bone. In pursuit of his bounty, the lawman finally discovers the truth of impacts of political order on the underprivileged and that his target may not be guilty after all. A rather unusual blend of socio-political themes presented to the viewers by some extraordinary performances, The Big Gundown went on to become a classic post many years after release.

  

  1.   A Fistful Of Dollars

 

  IMDb rating: 8.0/10

The beginning of what shall forever remain an iconic trilogy in the history of westerns, A Fistful of Dollars may not be as charged as it’s sequels but deserves special mention for being a Kickstarter to the regime of western spaghetti. The movie follows a tale of a cynical gunman, Joe, who flaunts his ostensible allegiance to two rival gangs but is loyal to none. Clint Eastwood’s performance as Joe is the most iconic role of his career. The story borrows the mold of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo but Leone’s treatment definitely brings out a stunning original that now serves as inspiration itself.  

 

  1.   Duck, You Sucker! (A Fistful Of Dynamite)

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 IMDb rating: 7.7/10

A rather underrated film of Sergio Leone, this happens to be the second film of the Dollar trilogy. In the final act, Leone soars down the focus to a single character. The movie finds its roots in the Mexican revolution of 1910 with a classic transformation of an outlaw to a revolutionary storyline. Although unlike other westerns, the film is less political and more of an emotionally charged affair, navigating the essence of friendship during a volatile phase of Mexican history.

  1.   A Bullet For The General

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 IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Set in the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution the movie follows the life of El Chuncho, a militant turned revolutionary. Guiding his path of transformation is a prisoner of government forces. The film is a poignant account of political drama, deception and conflicts weighed against the power of conscience and trust. With a heartfelt performance by Gian Maria Volontè, the feature is considered one of the best among the genre of Zapata Westerns.

  1.   Django (1966)

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IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Django is one of the classic western spaghetti films, very much in the Sergio Leone mold. A soldier of the Union Army begins his journey across the south with a coffin. Of course, there is a lot of action along the way when the cowboy hero has to face off against multiple enemies across the Mexican border. Drawing subtle inspiration from A fistful of Dollars, the film explicitly mimics the classic Kurosawa style film making and continues to have a cultural impact years later.

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Kevin Feige Takes Control of the Creative Segment of Marvel Entertainment

by Emily Keen

News broke on Tuesday that Kevin Feige is promoted as the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment. So in addition to being the President of the company, he will also oversee the creative process of Marvel Entertainment’ s film, TV and comic ventures.

How exactly does this shift in power change things for Marvel Entertainment?

The structural framework remains steady where Feige will report to Walt Disney’s Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Alan Horn and Co-Chairman Alan Bergman. Dan Buckley will continue as the President of Marvel TV but will now also report to Feige for creative and editorial issues in addition to checking in with Chairman Ike Perlmutter for operations, sales, games, and license. Meanwhile, Joe Quesada, Marvel CCO since 2010, will now serve as the creative lead and report directly to Buckley. Buckley shall also be responsible for supervising the creative executives in the publishing segment.

Besides Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of TV will now report to Kevin Feige and not to Dan Buckley.

Feige’s relationship with Marvel began in 2000 as the producer of X-Men. Feige has taken MCU to entirely new heights as the biggest Franchise of entertainment industry, grossing above $26 billion at the global box office across the past decade. He is also involved in the development of a Star-Wars movie for Lucasfilm owned by Disney. However, his career highlight came in 2019 with is Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time surpassing Avatar.

Apart from the new responsibilities, Feige remains the president of Marvel Studios and continues to direct the MCU into Phase 4. He will also partner with Sony for a third Spider-Man film in 2021. The upcoming releases of the studio include Black Widow and The Eternals set for release in 2020. Apart from the movies, there are multiple TV shows slated for Disney+ streaming service.

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Jane Foster’s Cancer Storyline Could Find its way in Thor: Love and Thunder

by Emily Keen

Taika Waititi recently teased that Thor: Love and Thunder might explore Jane Foster’s battle with breast cancer. Natalie Portman who will reprise her role as Jane Foster in the Ragnarok sequel, will acquire the abilities of an Asgardian and become female Thor as hinted by Waititi in his earlier interviews.

The new plot retains significant arcs from 2014 comic written by Jason Aaron with Russell Dauterman as the artist. Not only does Jane return but she returns as Mighty Thor. The question is will the makers be generous enough to lift the part about Jane’s battle with cancer as well?

As per the comic, Jane in her human form is diagnosed with breast cancer. Meanwhile, Thor grows unworthy of wielding the power of Mjolnir.

Following which the hammer grants its powers to Jane who becomes a new Mighty Thor. As a human, she cannot endure the effects of the painful disease. But her super-powered form is able to fight it owing to the powers rendered to her by the hammer.

Waititi seems much intrigued by the part of the story of Foster’s cancer battle. But he is not sure about how much of that story will make it into the film, since plans for Marvel films are subject to change even when late in production or editing phases.

In his recent interview with Variety, the Jojo Rabbit director said

“I think that’s a really powerful part of the books. I think it’s really cool that she’s fighting this thing and there’s two battles going on. Personally, I really love that storyline. But whether it ends up in the film is yet to be seen,”

Waititi has not worked with Portman’s character before since she was missing in Ragnarok. The writer/director approached the Oscar-winning actress to make a comeback in Love and Thunder for an even more promising role than she had in the first two installments of the series.

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his eponymous character along with Portman’s Jane and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. The storyline if retained will tackle a powerful subject and could in some way prove inspirational to the cancer-stricken around the world.

Thor: Love and Thunder will open in theatres on November 5, 2021. Don’t miss Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit which hits the screens on October 18.

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9 Netflix Halloween Movies That Are Super Scary to Watch

by Emily Keen

Halloween is the time for brewing up some hocus pocus with friends and family. But if you do not have much to do this Halloween season, grab some candy corn and Apple cider, get cozy in the blanket and tune in to Netflix. There are some spooky fun horror movies waiting to be discovered. We narrowed down the list with some of the most iconic classic and new horror movies to make your task simpler.

Here are nine tales of otherworldly horror for you to enjoy this Halloween season.

  1. Coraline

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Coraline is a symbolic journey of a young girl who must decide what is right and wrong. The girl subjected to constant invalidation from her parents finds her way into a new world which is an ideal version of her own life. Slipping away into the sparkle of the new world, she fails to understand it could, in fact, be an illusion created to lure and trap her.

 

  1. The Ritual

IMDb rating: 6.3/10

The usual tale of a sinister creature in the forest story. Four humans have made their way in the woods as a part of college reunion and are relentlessly hunted by an unseen force. With plenty of spooky vibes the horror movie seems perfect for Halloween season.

 

  1. The Sixth Sense

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IMDb rating: 8.1/10

This is the breakout film of M. Night Shyamalan and contains one of the most iconic twists in the history of films. Cole Sear a socially awkward boy has a terrifying ability to communicate with spirits. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist steps in to help the child make peace with what is and find ways to put a positive spin to a rather undesired gift.

 

  1. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

IMDb rating: 4.5/10

Helen Bloom, a successful ghost story writer decides to live in her country home during the last days of her life. Lily is a young nurse who takes care of Helen. Little does Lily know that the house of the writer has some real horror lurking within. The film directed by Oz Perkins is an immersive and slow burn of horror unfolding onscreen.

 

  1. Murder Party

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IMDb rating: 5.9/10

Christopher, an awfully humble man finds an invitation to a Murder party. Without even taking time to consider that it sounds like trouble, he decides to show up only to find out the inviters were not bluffing about the name of the party.  It is, in fact, a group of rogue artists trying to glorify their art through murder to win a grant. Jeremy Saulnier’s debut directorial venture is a comical yet relentlessly violent affair.

 

  1. The Witch

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

A witch steals a child from a family in New England and uses it to open some unhealed wounds and disrupt their integrity. The period drama set in the 1630s depicts the destruction of relationships due to evil supernatural forces but more importantly due to forces of doubt and grief native to humanity.

 

  1. The Crow

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IMDb rating: 7.6/10

A tale of rebirth for revenge, The Crow charts the life of Eric who is killed along with his fiancée by a group of street thugs. A year later, Eric comes back to life as the Crow infiltrates the gang and brutally brings each one responsible to justice. The film sheds light on the unsettling and evil corners of society.

 

  1. Horns

IMDb rating: 6.5/10

The film begins with Daniel Radcliffe’s character being a suspect in the mysterious death of his girlfriend and him waking up one morning with a new set of horns. With the horns grows his wicked humor and ability to influence people to speak out their deepest desires. Based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, the movie is a tale of revenge, exploring weirdness of the supernatural world.

 

  1. The Babysitter

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IMDb rating: 6.3/10

A horror comedy that is just right for Halloween mood. A young woman, hired to babysit a boy secretly performs satanic rituals every night the boy is asleep. Until one day the boy defies his usual sleep schedule and walks in on her shenanigans only to strike up a rivalry against a group of handsome but insatiable young adults ready to do anything to fulfill their desires.

No matter how old you are. The list has something for everyone. Watch away!

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The Batman has found the Catwoman

by Emily Keen

Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle in the upcoming Batman Flick alongside Robert Pattinson.

‘Deadline’ confirmed that the iconic role which has earlier been donned by Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway has now been claimed by Kravitz. It will be interesting to see how the actress will blend into the skin of the gray character.

Kravitz has earlier starred in Mad Max Fury Road, X-Men: First Class, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in significant roles. That seems like enough a testimony of her aptitude to sizzle as the Catwoman alongside the Sly Caped crusader. Besides Kravitz already has some experience with the character. She was the voice of Catwoman in The Lego Batman movie.

Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, Eiza Gonzalez were also in the running for the role of Selina Kyle. But Kravitz was found to be the apt choice for the role of the Bullwhip flinger.

Jonah Hill will reportedly play Penguin the eccentric yet gentlemen of a criminal. Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Gordon. However, none of these actors have been publically been named by the makers.

Selina and Bruce Wayne share an odd relationship wherein the cat although a rival ends up being a reluctant ally of Batman on most occasions.

We can’t wait to see how Zoe and Robert will recreate this inevitable bond onscreen.

Director Matt Reeves has teased saying that “there will be a rogues gallery” for the Batman to deal with. Robert Pattinson in the reboot of Dark Knight will play a young Bruce Wayne, who is more of a detective than a vigilante behind a mask protecting the city against crimes.

The makers are looking to unlock a whole new Bat-world with this film. In addition to Catwoman and Riddler, Two-Face, Firefly and Mad Hatter are also rumored to appear to amplify the misery of Batman in this movie. The upcoming story of the caped Knight is a completely new script and does not aim at validating the adventures of Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Nothing has been disclosed about the plot as of yet. Though rumors have it that it might be along the lines of The Long Halloween comic book, where Bruce Wayne in his pursuit of a serial killer is faced with his many of his old foes along the way.

The Batman will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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‘Abominable’ Lands in Trouble in Vietnam Over Territorial Issues

by Emily Keen

Vietnam has put a Kibosh on Abominable’s theatrical run in the country as it shows a controversial map that marks territory in Vietnam as a part of China.

A scene in the Dreamworks feature showcases a map that presents China’s unilaterally declared nine-dash line enclosing a part of the South China Sea. China has claimed a resource rich region of the sea. But the South Southeast Asian Nations including Vietnam assert rights over portions of the sea as rightfully theirs.

The region has been the cause of a standoff between the two countries.

The screenshots of the map from the movie were extensively circulated on social media by Vietnamese viewers once they spotted the inaccurate depiction.

This thus resulted in the government pulling off the movie from theatres.

Ta Quang Dong, Vietnam’s deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said “We will revoke [the film’s release license],” as quoted by the ‘Thanh Nien’ newsdaily.

Written and directed by Jill Culton, Abominable opened in Vietnam, on October 4th.  Screenings of the film were put to an end on Sunday once the images of the upsetting map started circulating on social media.

The PG-rated adventure follows a Kid (Yi) who discovers a Yeti seeking refuge on the terrace of her home. When Yi learns that the capitalists are trying to use the creature for their gains, she and her friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) set on a quest to save the animal and put her back in her natural habitat.

Abominable is a joint venture produced by Shanghai based Pearl Studio and Dreamworks animation. Pearl studio is owned by Chinese entertainment conglomerate China Media Capital. This unit is supported by the Chinese government. As The Hollywood Reporter suggests, the depiction may not have been a fluke after all.

The two neighbors are already in the middle of a heated Maritime dispute. Earlier in July China tried to conduct an energy survey by sending its vessel in the waters controlled by Vietnam.

The scene from Abominable might have fanned the sparks.

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Are Captain Marvel and Valkyrie the Rainbow Lovers of MCU?

by Emily Keen

Marvel has already made a strong statement by letting its women fight the biggest war alongside its men. But people really want Marvel to be explicit in their support to the LGBTQ community as well. Fans have come up with a sizzling theory of Captain Marvel romancing the Valkyrie in the upcoming movies.

Valkyrie is the first openly bisexual hero of the Marvel universe. But until yet, this has not been made evident in any of the movies. Now that Endgame officially upstaged her as the new ruler of Asgard, fans cannot wait to know more about her life.

There is strong proof about Tessa’s character being bisexual in the comics. But the comic’s version of Valkyrie finds her love interest in Annabelle Riggs. Captain Marvel’s sexuality has however been kept under wraps until now. The comic book version of Captain Denvers is straight. But there also exists a gay version of the character.

Both Larson and Thompson, however, do not mind setting screens on fire with their romance.

In a recent interview during ACE comic con, Chicago they were quite supportive of the idea.

Brie said “We’re here to ship, ya’ll! We can dig into it, I’m just telling you we’re shipping,”. While Tessa backed Larson by adding “Brie is my real-life queen, in general. If it becomes canon, that’s cool, too.”

Both actors share a great friendship offscreen.

Brie even tweeted a fan art last march which showcased their Marvel characters in a romantic embrace.

And a few days later, Tessa Thompson returned the gesture.

This is not the first speculation around Valkyrie’s love interest. There has been much buzz regarding the probable lady love of Asgard’s new ruler.

A few days earlier Jamie Alexander’s Lady Sif had volunteered to be the queen.

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A few think Jane Foster’s return in Thor: Love and Thunder could probably be a new chapter in valkyrie’s life. Looks like we have many Marvel women crushing over the female warrior.

It is too early to decide if Captain Marvel and Valkyrie will be portrayed as a couple given their crucial roles in two separate movies. The realization of this theory will need a strong and convincing narrative that resonates with the audience. And fans can sure afford to be wrong about theories, but not being disappointed with the script.

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Aladdin Officially Beats Avengers: Endgame

by Emily Keen

Aladdin has officially steered past the theatrical run of Avengers: Endgame. It released on May 24th and has now completed 143 days on the big screen.

Avengers: Endgame sure stays the highest-grossing movie of the times beating James Cameron’s Avatar with a worldwide collection of $2.79 billion. Aladdin’s collections stand at $1.05 billion.

In his interview with comicbook.com Aladdin producer, Dan Lin said

“I mean, we’re just so fortunate we got Will,” Lin said. “As has been publicized, he passed at first and then he thought about it some more. I think Jaden [Smith] may have influenced him, and encouraged his role in this movie, but that’s the only way that you can cast this movie, which is with the biggest movie star in the world. And it’s a role that is so complex because it requires singing and dancing, high expectations, it requires comedy, it requires drama. It really requires kind of the full skill set of an actor, and he pulled it off. And how he did that was he made it really personal. I think that’s the number one overarching theme that everyone brought the movie. They made this movie by bringing their personality to it.”

“And so Will Smith, if you look closely at the Genie, is influenced by what he did so well in Hitch and what he did so well with Fresh Prince,” the producer continued. “This is a hip hop genie and so it’s very specific to Will. No other actor could have done this the way he did, in the same way no other actor could have done the genie the way Robin Williams did. They are so iconic and so the way Will interpreted the Genie was to make an iconic character that only he can play that is very true to himself. And that’s what really excited us and allowed us to differentiate and stand out from the previous Aladdin movie.”

As of Thursday Aladdin was still being played across 105 screens in the United States. Whereas Endgame is available digitally and also on physical home media. It is Disney’s one of five movies to hit the 1 billion mark in 2019 alongside The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and of course the showstopper of the Year Endgame.  And that is not all! Disney still holds two more cards up its sleeve before it ends the year with a bang. Frozen 2 open in Theatres in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit the screens at Christmas. The predecessors of both features are members of the $1 billion club.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Run Time Beats Most Movies of the Franchise!

by Emily Keen

Terminator: Dark Fate is one the second-longest movie among the entire series. The Dark Fate plot has apparently altered the timelines neglecting the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys.

Dark Fate sees a destructive humanoid (Gabriel Luna), sent from the future to kill a young woman Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), much similar to the plot of the first installment of the series. The new Terminator model is Rev-9 and is capable of separating itself in two autonomous units. And just like in the original movie, there is also a soldier from the future sent to protect Dani from the murderous cyborg- Grace (Mackenzie Davis). Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Carl who now lives peacefully with the humans. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is also back at being the hardcore gunslinger.

BBFC announced that the movie has a runtime of 128 minutes.

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The James Cameron production instead is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We see what Cameron did there! It looks like he had a different vision for how the franchise would progress since the second installment and that looked nothing like the two movies that came after.

Director Tim Miller has teased a powerful ending to this highly anticipated follow up. There is some overwhelming nostalgia about to hit the fans.

He said in his statement

“I think it’s hugely emotional, and I’m not making this up when I tell you I just watched the ending again this morning because I was showing someone, and I cried. I still cry almost every time. It’s really powerful at the end and I think it’s a testament to the story, but also what the actors brought to it.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is also very happy with the film. He said: “I haven’t seen action and emotion like this since the second movie. It feels new again.”

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Under Miller’s direction, Dark Fate seems to be redeeming itself by going back to the roots after the last two installments wandered off. And with a runtime of over 2 hours, the film is not compromising on any aspect of the narrative by keeping it tight. The audience can experience high voltage action made of blazing guns and human-robot face-offs for a good two hours.

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A Training Day Prequel is Officially Underway

by Emily Keen

Denzel Washington’s Training day is getting a prequel. Warner Bros. is currently working on the project. The original movie released in 2001 and was a box office hit with a gross collection of $104 million at the box office.   

The movie follows the life of Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) who is taken up for evaluation by Alonzo Harris (Washington) for determining his potential for joining the LAPD. It does not take long for Jake to learn that Harris is corrupt and has quite a shady past.

The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua with a script from David Ayer. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for the second time in his career for his role as Alonzo Harris (The first one being for Supporting Actor in Glory). Ethan Hawke also received an Oscar nomination.

The movie was later on adapted into a tele series that premiered in 2017, starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell. Unfortunately, the venture had to be called off after Paxton’s untimely death.

The prequel is rumored to be showcasing the past life events from Hariss’ life and is set almost a decade behind the time period of the original movie. Blacklist writer Nick Yarborough will be working on the script. The prequel as of yet has no attached director to it.

Denzel Washington’s character in the original movie was 46 years old. Now that the prequel is set almost a decade earlier, Alonzo would probably be in his late thirties. We wonder who could best fit to play the younger Alonzo. Bets are being placed on John David Washington (Denzel’s son) who is currently 35. If Warner Bros. believes that the apple does not fall very far from the tree, then chances of John being the young Alonzo seem pretty high. In addition, John has recently worked with Warner Bros. for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. So the predictions are not entirely delusional.

There is no hint of Antoine Fuqua or Jeffrey Silver(one of the three original producers) being involved in the making until yet. But there is a possibility they might return as executive producers.

A lot of projects lately tend to create a buzz but do not make it past the writing stage. We hope the Training Day prequel does not suffer the same fate. But considering the accomplishment of the original film, it would not be wrong to assume that Warner Bros. is pretty serious with this one.

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Joker Has made it Among the Top 10 IMDb Movies

by Emily Keen

The audience around the world has clearly defied all the arguments of the film content inciting violence and helped Joker sit in the top tier of IMDb movies. 

Joker follows the life of Arthur Fleck who is disenfranchised by the society where he tries to spread laughter as a clown. His frustration grows into untamed lunacy that takes the path of heinous crimes. 

The fact that Joker is a comic book adaptation and still managed to grab a position in the list definitely seems like an achievement. But will it be okay to dismiss the spirited and purposeful experience it created just like any other art house cinema? How Todd Phillips was able to narrate a gritty story that sourced from the poster selling world of DC universe is something to reckon with.

The origin story of Batman’s arch-nemesis has no connection with the DCEU’s timeline whatsoever. Hence just tossing the movie into the segment of comics would be not entirely fair to this masterpiece.

The movie is a downright classic that explores the cultural imagination of times with such precision. There has been enough discussion around the potential of its content to trigger criminal minds. Despite the film only intending to reflect on the pervasion of the evil in society.

Joker currently stands at the ninth position in the IMDb top 10 list. But let’s not rejoice just yet as, there have been instances where a film entered the high ranks soon after release and then fell away in months to come.

It is not easy to maintain the rank in the top 10 given the number of factors that influence the ratings. But having said that we hope it does maintain the ranking because, well, it deserves it!

Philipps’ imagination clearly seems to have resonated with the masses and the flocking audience is a clear indication of its success. 

The clown prince of crime currently shares the space with Shawshank Redemption, Both Godfathers, Pulp Fiction and it’s dear enemy- The Dark Knight.

The R-rated film is on its way to hit the $300 million worldwide collections.  DC’s previous installments have performed quite poorly at the box office. The Arthur Fleck lunacy has made up for all the low points DC had with the last few features. 

Joker is currently playing in cinemas near you. Go watch the movie if you haven’t yet! 

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Lands a Secret Role In Matrix 4

by Emily Keen

Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been officially signed for a lead role in Matrix 4. The makers are reportedly deep into a rigorous casting process and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II clearly passed the hard test.

It’s a test to enter The Matrix Universe after all. You need more than just acting skills!

 

Although the role landed by The Greatest Showman star has been kept under wraps. We are left with a hint about a young Morpheus appearing in the film. And now, looks like the two pieces of the puzzle fit right in.

As we know Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity. Warner Bros. is also excited they were able to get Lana Wachowski back at the Director’s chair.

The present Warner Bros Studios boss Toby Emmerich said:  “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary – a singular and original creative filmmaker – and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”

The concept of The Matrix was considered a benchmark in the history of Sci-fi cinema for many considered it way ahead of its time. Although Reloaded and Revolutions did drop the ball, this could be the franchise’s chance to redeem itself. And looks like the Wachowskis are hell-bent on making that happen

Lana is going ahead with the screenplay in full swing. She said she has been adapting pre-developed concepts for the plot along with sister Lilly Wachowski. The Lazarus Project author Aleksandar Hemon and writer David Mitchell are also lending the story their writing prowess.

Lana said in a statement – “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

The Matrix Universe genesis-ed almost 20 years ago revolutionizing the way sci-fi movies were perceived. The film begins production early 2020 and there is no confirmation of a release date for the feature. The plot of Matrix 4 has been creating waves amongst the fans with impending mysteries and rumors. We can only hope the follow up is worth all the commotion.

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How about David Diggs as The Jamaican Crab?

by Emily Keen

‘Sebastian’ the chatty crab may finally have a voice in Disney’s live-action feature of The Little Mermaid. Blindspotting actor David Diggs is in talks to be featured as Sebastian in the adaptation of the 1989 animated pic. Sebastian is a close friend to princess Ariel and happens to sing one of the acclaimed songs from the movie- Under the sea.  

The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The titular character of The Little Mermaid has already been claimed by Halle Bailey. Melissa McCarthy will play the evil aunt Ursula. Oscar Awardee Javier Bardem is in talks for the role of King Triton. Awkwafina and Jacob Trembly will be Skuttle and Flounder respectively.

Harry Styles was almost set for the role of Prince Eric but called the deal off this summer. 

Producer Lin-Manuel Miranda was rumored to play Sebastian’s role but the filmmakers apparently feel that Diggs can pull it off way better. As for Miranda, this seems only a little less work among many other duties. In addition to producing the film, Miranda will also be working on the songs of the film along with Alan Menken who was also behind the score and sound of the original animated pic.

The then Sebastian was voiced by Samuel E.wright.

Director Rob Marshall will also be producing the film alongside Marc Platt, John DeLuca, and Miranda.

Marshall in his statement to comicbook.com said,

“There are things I’ve learned about how you have to work to integrate songs into story, and how it has to feel earned. It can’t just be sort of put there, placed there, because you feel there should be a song. It has to be a song that’s earned, that takes you there. And so as we’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid — Ariel has one song in the animated film — and so we’re looking for maybe more material.”

“Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming on board to write some lyrics, so that’s exciting, to sort of take what was there, which is so beloved, but also find a way to create a live-action version of it,” Marshall said, adding “the lessons of creating an original musical have been very helpful so far.”-He added.

Diggs rose to fame with as Marquis de Lafayette in the infamous Broadway production of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Tony for the best featured actor in a musical. He also has Wonder, Undone and the upcoming tele series Snowpiercer to his credits.

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Kevin Smith’s Clerks III Is Almost His Own Biography

by Emily Keen

A few days earlier Kevin Smith announced on his Instagram page that his 1994 indie cult hit Clerks is getting a threequel.

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3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @zscentertainment and @leeloomultiprops, I got to see Randal! #JeffAnderson, @jaymewes, and I spent Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of #newjersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and @briancohalloran, with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III! To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return. And we’re all gonna return to the scene of the crime! This won’t be the old script we almost made a few years back: this is a completely new screenplay that I just started writing last night! And so far, it’s like a dream come true! After mending fences with @benaffleck earlier this year, I was hoping for a chance to do the same with Jeff – so huge thanks to Leeloo Multiprops for getting us all in the same room. But the biggest thanks ever go to Jeff, for being receptive to the idea at all. This means I’m gonna get to play with my two favorite inaction figures again: Dante & Randal! Two weeks from the debut of @jayandsilentbob Reboot (on @fathomevents screens 10/15 & 10/17, link in my bio), I’m ecstatic to announce our imminent return to Quick Stop! So I assure you: we’re open! #KevinSmith #clerks3 #jaymewes #jayandsilentbob #danteandrandal #quickstop #leeloomultiprops #indiefilm #clerks

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Although the idea through which the plot seeded is even more interesting.

Kevin Smith, in his interview with ‘The Wrap’ confirmed that the plot of Clerks III is inspired by his own heart attack. For those not in the know, Smith suffered a fatal Heart attack last February.

In his interview he explained the plot for Clerks III:

“Randal has a heart attack, decides that he came so close to death, and his life has meant nothing, there’s nobody to memorialize him, he has no family or anything like that. And in the recovery, while under fentanyl, he comes to the conclusion at mid-life, having almost died, having worked in a movie store his whole life and watched other people’s movies, he tells Dante, I think we need to make a movie. So Dante and Randal make Clerks. That’s the story of Clerks 3.”

Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson will reprise their roles of Dante and Randal respectively with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith himself as supporting characters.

The third installment of Clerks was being teased for quite some time now. Smith even read an iteration of the script publicly along with his friends. He had completed the script for the threequel a few years back. But owing to Jeff Anderson (one of the headliners of the franchise) bailing out of the project, the film had to be canceled in 2017.

Smith and Anderson recently reconciled the differences as the director confirmed in an Instagram post. It looks like the differences were likely about the script since Smith also mentioned that the current script for Clerks III has an entirely new screenplay from the one which was written earlier.

The director seems to be on a “making amends” spree lately. He also made up with Ben Affleck and got him to do a cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot which is set to open in theatres next week. We all know, most Kevin Smith films exist in a shared universe. Jay and Silent Bob are characters from Clerks 2 who went on to have their independent movie in 2001.  And it was not just Ben Affleck but many folks from the View Askewniverse who made their way into the follow-up feature of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Smith takes pride in the fact that he enjoys living in the past. His obsession with remakes and reboots and most importantly callbacks of characters from his other movies is proof enough. Where most his films are more humor over substance, things seem to have changed with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot which actually has more to it than just raunchy humor and celebrity cameos. The plot follows Jay discovering the existence of his love child and experiencing unusual fatherly instincts.

And learning of plot of Clerks III we can hope for the trend to continue.

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Guy Ritchie and Jason Stathom are Back With a New Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

After Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are powering up again for a Miramax action thriller. The currently unnamed project is a remake of a 2004 French film Le Convoyeur.

The plot charts the life of a reserved and mysterious man who works for armored trucks company. The character-driven script spans across various timelines in the life of the protagonist through a meticulously crafted narrative creating a truly mind-altering experience.

Miramax CEO Bill Block and Ivan Atkinson will be lending the project their producorial prowess.

Block said in his statement- “Working again with Guy Ritchie on our second collaboration together, alongside renowned actor Jason Statham, is a privilege, and we anticipate that the tone and flavor of these two longtime friends will resurrect nothing less than a true, genre classic,”

Ritchie who can’t wait to work with Statham once again had this to say:

“I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life and working with Jason while he still has the use of his knees.”

Jason Statham’s latest project with Dwayne Johnson, Hobbs and Shaw saw a tremendous global success grossing over $758 million. Even though the fast and furious spin-off had a bit of a sluggish start at the box office, it eventually kicked up momentum and how.

Guy Ritchie’s year too has started on a fantastic note with Aladdin turning out to be a massive success worldwide. Aladdin currently stands tall with a global collection of $1 billion. His upcoming projects include The Gentlemen starring Matthew McConaughey who plays an expat Drug lord based in London trying to clean himself up while enemies try to take over his empire.

For all we know, the unnamed project with Statham is Ritchie’s claim to fame frenetic action genre. There are no official confirmations on production dates or release dates as of yet. Similar is the case of the remaining cast line up for the action freight but we are hoping for the news to drop soon enough.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the Hollywood adaptation of the French action thriller.

 

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You Wont Believe Who Showed Up In The Red Band Trailer Of Zombieland: Doubletap

by Emily Keen

It is only a few days ahead of Zombieland: Doubetap’s release and the news of a familiar face making return has surfaced. Apparently Bill Murray who was famously killed in the last installment of the zombie romp is not dead after all.

The latest Red Band Trailer of the movie dropped in a few hours ago and it clearly shows the actor alive and well.

Murray’s appearance in the first film was a cameo where he tries to prank-scare Columbus as a Zombie and gets shot to death. As terrible as his backfiring fate sounds, it may not be that worst after all. The shot of the actor in the latest trailer is proof.

In the trailer we can see Murray being asked in an interview:

“What made you do it? And don’t say the script.”

To which he answers – “Can this be just between us? Drugs cost money.”

The sequel happens almost a decade after the first installment. All the four leads along with the Director and writers have reprised their roles. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are returning are back at poking fun and hunting the zombies. Joining them on their quest of saving the world are Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch and Avan Jogia.

The Sequel is written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and David Callaham.

The first movie had a huge cultural impact and fans were hoping for a sequel to happen just years after the first movie. Considering the cult following director Ruben Fleischer was high on the idea of maintaining the standards of the script.

He said

“We all have so much love for the original. So, we held ourselves to a really high standard as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than the original.”

The Venom director has apparently taken the zombie calamity to a whole new level. In the original, the four slayers had to deal with zombies alone. But now they will be seen battling a whole new species of evolved zombies along with some painful family drama.

Zombieland: Doubletap opens in theatres October 18 and we can’t wait to savor the vicious assortment of the living and dead once again.

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Tom Holland’s Next big Project With Russo Brother’s Begins Production

by Emily Keen

Now that Sony and Marvel have finally settled the Spiderman conflict, Tom Holland can happily get back to work. Joe and Anthony Russo’s Cherry has officially kicked off with principal photography. This is the Russo brothers’ fourth big venture in collaboration with Tom Holland since Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

The brothers were eventually planning on shooting the film in their hometown of Cleveland but could not do so owing to uncertainty around Ohio’s film production tax incentives.

Cherry is a big-screen adaptation of Nico Walker’s Bestselling novel with the same name. Holland will portray the protagonist of the story who is a war veteran and suffers from the post-traumatic stress disorder. He resorts to bank robberies to support his drug addiction. 

The first announcement about the project came in March with Holland’s in the lead role. The makers also confirmed that the film will be R-rated.  Co-starring with Holland in female lead is Wayne star Ciara Bravo. The remaining cast line up includes star Bill Skarsgard, Jack Reynor, Forrest Goodluck, Jeff Wahlberg, Michael Gandolfini, and Kyle Harvey.

In a joint statement, Russo brothers said

“We were drawn to Cherry given our personal experience from Cleveland, as well as the important need to share stories like these. As Cleveland natives ourselves, it means a lot to us to be able to film in our hometown. We shot the exteriors for Winter Soldier here, we are excited to return home to our roots.”

The novel happens to draw inspiration from the real-life experiences of the author who is also a Cleveland native. We can see what really sparked the connection between the Russo Brothers and the story.

At the Comic-con event in July, Joe Russo expressed why they felt like taking up the subject.

“It’s a story about drug addiction and the opioid crisis. It’s touched us both, it’s a deeply personal movie for us. The gent who wrote the book went through the same growth arc in the same part of the city we grew up in — but different experiences.”

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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Joker’s Demonic Dance Moves are a Box Office hit!

by Emily Keen

Joker’s infectious energy is spreading onto tomato meter with the ratings being as unstable as the protagonist’s state of mind. But that is not stopping the audience from pouring in at the international screenings of the highly anticipated DC villain origin story.

The dark drama stands tall in Korea with a staggering collection of $2.25 million. It opened at $846,000 in Indonesia and $170,000 in Belgium. By the end of the week, it should have spanned 73 markets worldwide. The Batman villain solo flick opened in Hong Kong, Italy and Russia on Thursday. Predictions suggest it could bring in close to $60 million from the international collections.

Sony’s Venom currently holds the October records at the North American Box office with a collection of $80.3 million. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer began its run in the region Thursday night and is expected to surpass Venom in terms of October collections.

To top the crazy fan following the DC anti-hero has in India, the opening, fortunately, clashed with a public holiday pitching in a whopping $900,000.

Joker has clearly beaten DC’s recent releases including Shazam, Wonder Woman and Aquaman in terms of collection and reviews! But the list of accomplishments for the Warner Bros.’ R-rated romp does not end there. The movie received an eight-minute-long standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival before it won the prestigious Golden Lion.

The Long-range tracking report by BoxOffice Media’s chief analyst Shawn Robbins suggests in all probability, the movie could be the first-ever $100 million+ opener in October history.

The plot covers the origin story of DC’s rogue villain Arthur Fleck whose mental instability snowballs into a mayhem causing homicide mania. Joaquin Phoenix nails the character to its core and the concerns about the film sparking real-life violence are a testament to his skills.

The Oscar-baiting psychopath memoir directed by Todd Philips with Scott Silver’s screenplay also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp and Marc Maron in important roles.

Theatres across U.S. have been kept strictly under the guard of Law enforcement agencies post numerous threats of violence doing rounds on social media. But so far no slump of interest has been noted even with the film drawing concerns of distress. Although the film was aimed at a diehard DC fan base, the movie has interests piqued across demographics.

The cultural impact created by Heath Ledger’s Joker is unmatchable. Possibly it is this impact that is also driving the audience to step out and experience the genesis of this hysteric/historic character.

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Ryan Coogler’s Latest Production Venture Is A Whole New World of Superheroes

by Emily Keen

News is out that the famous comic series Bitter Root is getting the film treatment and Ryan Coogler has officially stepped in as the producer.

While the Creed director already has his hands full with Black Panther 2 and Space Jam 2, he has willingly accommodated another big project in his schedule. Legendary acquired the rights to the Image comic created by David F. Walker & Sanford Greene and got Ryan Coogler on board to produce the film adaptation alongside Zinzi Evans, Sev Ohanian and Chuck Brown.

The plot is set in the era of the Harlem Renaissance. It circles around a family whose members have down the line of history hunted evil monsters lurking in the city of New York. A supernatural force preys on the prejudice of people and turns them into ruthless creatures. But the period of glory has faded for the family. The Sangeryes are now survived by a few descendants who can’t hold the fort down. And that is mainly due to conflict of interests and tragedies that have shattered their family integrity.

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The comic started off as a casual talk about Harlem Renaissance and demon hunters between Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene. Sanford who shared good chemistry with David Walker got the latter aboard to do the designs. And the rest is history! 

The fifth issue of the comic was released by Image last March. Bitter Root bagged the nomination of the Best New Series at the 2019 Eisner Awards. The series also created quite a buzz at the 2019 Ringo awards as the Best series Nominee. Both Walker and Greene are onboard the film crew as executive producers.

Coogler is currently working on his Black Panther 2 Script which will hit the screens somewhere in 2022. He rose to fame with his directorial prowess in Fruitvale Station and Creed before he became a part of Marvel Universe. Coogler and Wife Zinzi Evans have worked hand in glove on many projects. The couple is teaming up again for Bitter Root’s big-screen adaptation. 

Time and again Coogler has proved his knack with successfully depicting Black legacies. And with Bitter Root being based on one of the most important events in Black History, we cannot think of anyone who can bring life to the comic better than he can.

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We Finally Know The Secret Behind C-3PO’s Red Eyes

by Emily Keen

Disney is leaving no chance to mess with the minds of Star Wars followers by revealing clips of questionable nature from The Rise of Skywalker. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, wielding a double-bladed red lightsaber has drawn assumptions that she has fraternized with the enemy. And then another speculation of a good character gone dark seeded from the footage of C-3PO flaunting ominous red eyes.

Plausible explanations behind the red oozing out of C-3PO ‘s peekers are that either he has been swayed or that he is probably a sith. But a recent update about a new character helped us connect the dots.

A Droidsmith of diminutive stature with talents of cosmic proportions – Babu Frik!

Here is how Starwars.com stylized the persona and fervors of the new alien:

“The tiny Anzellan droidsmith, first glimpsed in toy form during the Triple Force Friday livestream event, works among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid — regardless of the security measures protecting its systems.”

Have a look at the pint-sized droid technician in live-action:

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Now size up and focus on the part that says “can reprogram or modify virtually any droid”.

Babu Frik is clearly the only one with the powers and talent to mess up with the protocol fixated droid created by Annakin Skywalker. That’s all we needed to understand why C-3PO is shooting red daggers in the trailer. Now we are not quite sure, who Babu Frik swears his allegiance to, but guessing from the part that says “Spice Runners of Kimji” it will not be wrong to assume he operates for Resistance.

The very first disclosure about Babu Frik came in September. The classic toy unveiling the furry coated droid master happened at the Triple Force Friday Preview event. Although not much has been revealed about Babu’s role in the franchise sequel. We can’t help but think if it is because he could do something important to the story.

It’s hard to clearly decipher the arcs of the final chapter looking at the skillfully edited trailers. They are only flashing glimpses from the movie without projecting a clear idea of the plot. All we can do is interpret these glimpses to get the bigger picture. However, it’s only fair to maintain the mysterious aura given this is the final chapter of the Skywalker Trilogy.

After all, it’s just a few months ahead of release and fans deserve this period of excitement.

The Rise of Skywalker opens in theatres on December 20, 2019.

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Eli Roth’s Amazing Reaction When Asked About His Upcoming Project!

by Emily Keen

The word is out and official that Eli Roth will be producing the latest Orion slasher flick 10-31. The story crafted by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble is set in the backdrop of Halloween. A young woman goes trick-or-treating with her niece and nephew and discovers about a serial killer being loose in her neighborhood. That’s just the synopsis we know about for now. But looking at the Hostel director’s excitement seems like the slasher flick has lots in store than just a gripping storyline.

There are currently no reports on who will be directing the horror flick. The same goes for the cast as well. The screen story written by Kathy Charles will be handled by a pretty impressive team of producers. Roth and Roger Birnbaum’s Arts District Entertainment will be producing the film alongside John Zaozirny’s Bellevue Productions.

Roth was quoted saying this about his upcoming project: “Very rarely do you get a script that grabs you by the throat, holds you until the last page, and gives you nightmares after. I don’t want to reveal too much, but this is one of the best, scariest premises for a horror film that I have read in years. Slasher films are my favorite subgenre of horror, and this script has all the ingredients of a new classic. We are very excited to make this film with Orion, who we have a long relationship with, and who understands what it takes to make a no holds barred scary movie.”

Executive producer Michael Besman too seemed quite excited. In a statement he said:

10-31 is exactly the type of movie that Eli and I have been looking to make for Arts District Entertainment: Smart, elevated genre for a wide audience. The writing has originality, style, elegance, and most of all, real tension and scares. We look forward to a great production with Orion.”

Eli Roth’s most recent works include Death Wish remake and The House With a Clock on it’s Walls as a director. He also produced the AMC series History of Horror and Haunt.

10-31 does not have a release date yet. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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9 Netflix Movies That Are too NSFW to Watch

by Emily Keen

However progressive, humans are bound to have sweat dripping off their forehead if they have to share a room while a sex scene runs on TV. Especially if it’s with a parent! The feeling of secondhand embarrassment is universal to humanity, no matter what age you are strutting through.

So here are a few movies that need to stay strictly off-limits on family get-togethers or even movie nights with friends. Friends too yes! Unless of course, you share a blatant lack of respect for each others privacy.

 

  1. The Late Bloomer

 

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Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.2/10

The title marks the late onset of puberty for Peter Newmans who happens to be a sex therapist himself. Tragic? Well just wait until you see how the puberty that is 15 years late to arrive hits him overwhelmingly. All the mood swings and voice cracking happen in just one single month. The movie is strictly not recommended if you find it uncomfortable discussing sex out in the open. Directed by Kevin Pollack and starring Johnny Simmons in the lead role, this movie is a downright horny comedy.

 

  1. Below Her Mouth

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Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

A Lesbian romance that begins with two women discovering their sexual preferences when they meet each other over a weekend. With that begins a highly sensual and defiant tale of love. The scenes are every shade of lust, a lesbian desires in her wildest dreams. They are way too NSFW to be played in a company that does not approve of a generous sexual display. Directed by April Mullen, the not so praise worthy script, is an absolute erotica aimed at teens and night-loners.

 

  1. Nymphomaniac Vol I

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Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Do we even have to guess after reading the title? Director Lars von Trier made quite a choice of using porn actors as body doubles to film the sex scenes and then using CGI to make it look like they were performed by real actors. The plot follows Joe (played by Charlotte Gainsborough) who is found in a bad shape in an alley. The movie is largely about Joe (a nymphomaniac) recalling the sexual experiences from her youth. With so much sex and extremely kinky stuff going on most of the time, the movie easily earns a safe spot in the list of NSFW movies.

 

  1. Immoral Tales

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Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 5.7/10

An anthology that features four stories with a vivid display of sexual desire and its manifestation across the series. But what apparently makes it a bad movie night contender are the silent, background score lacking, erotica-oozing frames. Ever had an uncomfortable experience when an extremely intimate scene pops up when with parents? You even stop breathing hoping they forget you exist in that moment. That’s exactly the kind of embarrassment this erotic flick is meant to ensue.

 

  1. The Package

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Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

The package seems like a safe way to address the entity they are actually trying to imply here. Wait till you find out what the discretion holds, highly protected in a cooler.

Whatever! It’s a Penis!

Already grossed out? Well then don’t watch, because the fate of the penis is way too worse than the hospitalized teen who chops it off with a switchblade. An unfortunate incident unfolds on a  spring break, where one among the group of highly messed up teens incises his tenders and the group safely sends him to the hospital. Only with the wrong package! Could things go more wrong? Yeah! They are already high up the mountains by the time they realize their friend might just pay the price of their carelessness. A dark comedy aimed at saving genitalia, The Package is not for the feeble ones who mellow up jargon with euphemisms.

 

  1. The Little Hours

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Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.8/10

A young male appears at the door of a convent seeking refuge and projects himself as deaf and mute. One trip of thought and he blows up his cover! Speak of blasphemy and there is a lot going on in this convent full of vulnerable nuns. You might want to pass on this one if you have an aunt who strictly insists on saying “grace” before dinner and Amen after every single thought.

 

  1. Love

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Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 6.1/10

A 3D sexual adventure that will blow your mind with thrice the level of erotica. An artistic sex epic weaved with closely packed sex scenes and visuals of privates up for display,  Gaspar Noé’s Love, created quite a buzz at the film festivals. The film is about a couple looking to amplify their sexual experience with a threesome but forget to factor in the emotional chaos it might lead to.

 

  1. Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Run Time: 180 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

A poignant account of Adele’s romantic experience with a blue-haired woman- Emma!. Self-discovery is the crux of the story and inspiration ensues as Adele blooms in Emma’s presence. The story draws its plot from a novel and is quite a piece of art cinema. It however contains a long and intense scene of graphic sex hindering your desire of experiencing this beautiful tale of Lesbian romance.

 

  1. Y Tu Mamá También

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Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

This art drama directed by Alfonso Cuaron may particularly not be an oasis of vulgarity, but does contain a threesome of electrifying intensity. So definitely not safe to watch at work kind of movie! Cuaron cinema is bound to be a muscular script with underlying subtext. One thing we ought to remember is that art-house directors believe in “No compromises”. It is essential to bring out the depth and conviction in each character. And being a coming of age drama, Y Tu Mamá También demands at least some aggressive making out.

So the next time you decide to watch any of these movies, be sure to maintain a low profile.

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9 Best Comedies on Amazon Prime Right Now

by Emily Keen

The comedy genre has come a long way in Hollywood. But if you consider Hollywood comedies as just all jokes and no substance then you are wrong. The American cinema is definitely a huge universe with numerous gems conceived down the line of history and waiting to be discovered. 

Here is a list of classic comedy features streaming on Amazon prime which are not just funny but also have a solid storyline and underlying messages even.  

  1. The Apartment

Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

C.C. Baxter decides to play wingman to his philandering office superiors by lending them his apartment for their illicit affairs just to get into their goodbooks. His trade off seems fair until he finds out that his crush has an affair with his boss and that is just the beginning of Baxter’s miserable yet humorous romantic tragedy.

 

  1. Beetlejuice  

Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

A ghost couple is disturbed by the fact that their home is haunted by a conceited human family. Quite a reversal of roles from traditional premise of horror movies, this forms the basis for the humorous tale. Beetlejuice ( Michael Keaton) is the star of the show who is hired by the couple to free themselves from the wrath of the humans. Directed by Tim Burton, the spooky horror is carried substantially by Keaton with his manic performance until the very end.

 

  1. The Birdcage 

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7.1/10

A screwball comedy of the 90s era that portrays Robin Williams as a gay cabaret owner and his partner Nathan Lane as a dragqueen of the night club. The story gains heat when Williams’ son (Val) falls for the daughter of a highly moralist politician and now must introduce both families. And amidst getting Nathan to pose as Val’s mother and the senator trying to protect his reputation of “Man of Values” unfolds a chaos of cosmic proportions.

 

  1. The Blues Brothers

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

The film brings to life John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s SNL characters “Blue Brothers” to life on big screen. The two of them learn that the orphanage that they grew up in in about to be shut due to back taxes. They gather their old bunch of band members and try to raise money to save the orphanage. A simple plot sizing up the absurd lives of two cynics amidst a lot of chaos and carnage

 

  1. Boomerang 

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

The king of comedy, Eddie Murphy is an executive at an advertising firm and leads a highly exciting life as a professional and a philanderer. This is until his new female boss (Robin Givens) with a similar personality only amplified in magnitude gives him a taste of his own medicine and there begins his comeuppance. Set in the backdrop of misogynistic culture of corporate, the film maker conveys the message of love and Karma in the vein of what can be viewed as a sophisticated parody.

 

  1. The Disaster Artist

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

James Franco’s Magnum opus is based on the making of Tom Wiseau’s 2003 fiasco The Room.  Tommy Wiseau (played by James Franco) bumps into Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco) in an acting class. Greg is bewitched by Tommy’s take on performance art and they both set out on their quest to make a movie. But when Hollywood rejects to take the script he is so passionate about, Tommy decides to make the movie on his own. Made especially for the cult followers of The Room, this movie depicts Wiseau’s megalomaniac craze and undying dedication towards the projects with utmost honesty.

 

  1. The Squid and the Whale

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

An indie pop by Noah Baumbach, follows the crumbling marriage of a couple and how it affects their two sons. Both parents are writers but are perceived differently by their children. The father Bernard, is a literary aficionado and the elder son, Walt (Jesse eisenberg) agrees to and respects most of his opinions. Inspired by the father, Walt is quiet a talent at school but takes weird decisions of giving up his love life, because his father apparently is not a big fan of monogamy. The mother on the other hand ihas fallen out of love with Bernard and finds a romantic interest in another man. The younger brother is enjoying his puberty in a very unapproved manner. All in all this a perfect way to explain how dysfunctional relationships raises a relatively better offspring and the cycle continues.

 

  1. Wayne’s World

Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.0/10 

A laffaminit spectacle originally conceived from the parody of Saturday Night live TV show. The show is hosted by two young lads who are quite passionate about their choices and are also very much attached to them. They are outsmarted by an ad company that finally tricks them into selling their show for big bucks. The film captures the journey of the two young men through a very predictable but intelligently crafted movie filled with sight gags and smart humor.

 

  1. Six Degrees of Separation

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

News broke in New York that a few socialites were tricked by a black young man who claimed himself to be the son of Sydney Poitier. This became the premise for a Broadway hit and later was given the film treatment by Fred Schepisi. The protagonist played by Will Smith plays a con man who drops by the door of an upper crust couple and introduces himself as a schoolmate of their children and that he has just been mugged. The couple kindly let him spend the night and he fully uses the opportunity to charm them with anecdotes and his culinary skills. A vibrant drama filled with surprises and sarcastic comedy!

So get ready to split your sides with some of the best comical ventures. 

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9 Best Netflix Original Movies So Far

by Emily Keen

In the world of event cinema, finding interesting stories driven by passion and originality is a tough task. But if you have Netflix, you need not sweat it! Some of the most engaging dramas are waiting to be discovered right away. 

Here is a list of nine such wonderfully crafted stories:

  1.   Roma (2018)

Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

This mellow piece of drama shot in pellucid black and white frames follows the life of two women. Sofia, a mother of four and Cleo the maid of their house are walking parallel roads disappointed by the spineless men who left them alone to deal with their plight. Alfonso Cuaron intelligently combines the ingredients of tragedy, comedy, and mystery to brew up a soulful tale of a dysfunctional household in Mexico. And to top that is the extraordinary performance of a tender and stoic Cleo, scaling up the drama to a sheer work of art.

 

  1.   Mudbound (2017)

Run Time: 134 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Mudbound is a poetically maneuvered narrative of communal tragedy layered onto the preconceived notions of racism and patriarchy. Set in the aftermath of world war II, the film explores the situation of two families (one black and one white), only to reveal they are implicitly weighed down by common distress- societal norms. This is a deviously crafted melodrama that dares to bare the sublime agony of the browbeaten by the powerful.  And just unlike a mature piece of cinema, it aims at evoking response based on individual perceptions with subtle clues of information hidden in the beats.

 

  1.   Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

Run Time: 128 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Based on real events in Italy, Happy as Lazzaro is a story of a naïve young man who lives among the sharecroppers on a farm. Another tale of a socially oppressed class of workers being bossed around by their landlords, that introduces you to a perplexing mindset of a boy who despite being exploited with intensive labor, sees his life as idyllic. An engaging buildup waiting to reveal the mysterious cause of the Lazzaro’s happiness, the film will have you puzzled but still wanting to keep wandering in the world created teller.

 

  1.   Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Run Time: 137 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

An uncompromising and emotionally powerful depiction of what war costs humanity! Beasts of No Nation is a poignant tale of a village boy strayed by the men who portray themselves as messiahs and manipulate young minds to commit ruthless crimes disguised as “heroism”. Gauging the depths of a soldier’s mind, the movie brings out the truth of the lives of men in uniforms who take pride in unleashing the beasts within.

 

  1.   Private Life (2018)

Run Time: 123 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

The “Private Life” is a comical venture into the lives of a middle-aged couple who cannot get pregnant owing to an awfully unfortunate status quo of their reproductive system. Truly painful a situation yet a rich premise for a humorous drama, the story explores the frustrations of an impotent couple. Their obsession with bearing a child takes a hard hit at their professional and personal lives until they have a guest who comes as a beacon of hope. A brilliant mix of observations and gags skillfully sprinkled onto the story of two ambitious people bearing the brunt of their choices.

 

  1.   The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

An anthology of political nature at large follows six stories for a duration of two hours. With Western revisionism at the heart of the film, the Coen brothers play up almost every element that forms a part of conventional cinema in a few handpicked genres – Gothic mysteries, romance, and slapstick comedy. Amidst abundant violence and killings, the film gallops across the canvas of western legends. A rather intelligently chronicled account highlighting the nihilistic stains in the fabric of civilizational history.

 

  1.   On Body and Soul (2017)

Run Time: 116 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

A bizarre yet unique plot that unfolds in the backdrop of a slaughterhouse, On Body and Soul is a metaphorical representation of the nature of human thoughts. The story unwinds as two people begin to fall in love with each other and live the experience not in the real world but through a common dream. Yes, therein lies the bizarre part of the story! It is a whimsical depiction of an ostensible world where humans find it okay to chop animals for trade but deep down a part of them, construes the act as horrible. 

 

  1.   The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Harold Meyerowitz is a sculpting artist whose borderline narcissism overrides his instincts as a father. Thanks to this attitude he has managed to raise two sons with malignant thoughts for one another, waiting to explode at any given time. There is also a daughter who does not die for attention and comes across as the sensible one of the lot with her limited yet poignant dialogues. A deviant family drama garnished with Noah Baumbach’s hallmark astringent comedy!

 

  1.   The Little Prince (2016)

Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 children’s classic, the little prince is an animated composition remixed with instruments of modernism. The story unfolds as a clandestine relationship between a child and her aviator neighbor who introduces the central character of the movie. The little prince from outer space strikes the face of the earth from outer space and falls in love with a high strung rose but ultimately loses his innocence as he grows to accept the ruthless norms of the world. 

So what are we waiting for? Switch to Netflix and binge-watch these amazing movies now!

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Fantastic Beasts 3: Eddie Redmayne’s Update Comes as a Relief!

by Emily Keen

Post the not so successful second installment, Warner Bros is definitely not willing to take chances with the third sequel of Fantastic Beasts. And why not? It’s a lore that connects generations and has got to keep up with the reputation. So the initial filming schedule of summer 2019 has been pushed ahead into the summer of 2020 giving J.K. Rowling a fair amount of time to rework the script.

When asked about Fantastic Beasts 3 at the Toronto Film Festival Eddie Redmayne told ET the script is still being worked on. It is appeasing to hear that the makers are not taking the emotions of the cult for granted. The word coming from Newt Scamander himself testifies to the fact that there are efforts made to maneuver the arcs of the script to take the franchise in the right direction.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be planning for five movies of the Franchise. Crimes of Grindelwald script invited a solid criticism from many fans. Executive of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara himself admitted that the sequel was not up to the mark.

He also assured the audience that J.K. Rowling was revising the draft of the upcoming movie.

“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting. The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the screens in November 2016 and the second installment opened in November 2018. To keep up with the two-year timeline, the third movie was slated to release in November 2020. But since The Crimes of Grindelwald did not land well, the makers thought it was best to take time and introspect.

Finally, November 12, 2021, was locked in for the release of Fantastic Beasts 3.

The franchise now bears the pressure of redeeming itself. And with a cliffhanger as major as the mysterious Dumbledore family tree, J.K. Rowling has a lot of explanation to do in the third movie. The stakes are high and the job is well, tremendous! It would only be wise to spend time than regret.

 

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Zombieland: Double Tap is R-Rated. Here is Why!

by Emily Keen

Zombieland: Double Tap is releasing a decade after its first installment and word is out that it will be R-rated. The Motion Picture Association of America has officially set boundaries which only adults can cross. Children below the age of 17 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The zombieland sequel apparently contains a lot more gore and violence and to top that, some drug abuse and sexual content as well.

A zombie romp is naturally expected to have a lot of violence and blood in the frame. And the added dose of drugs and explicit content got the movie an R-rating as per the report given out by Film Ratings.

For those of you looking forward to a brutal crusade Zombieland: Double Tap sounds just about right! The first installment with a PG-13 rating was a howling success. And now with the sequel stamped R, the franchise only assures to keep up with the intensity of viciousness. Good thing they did not crank down the element of gore to extend its reach. How can they possibly take away the mojo?

The sequel was in talks soon after the release of the first movie. But it took almost a decade to materialize. Ruben Fleischer resumed his position as a director owing to which he had to take a rain check on Venom 2. The project was finally handed over to Andy Serkis for. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned as scriptwriters and were supported by David Callaham.

Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin will reprise their roles on screen. 10 years is quite a gap but seems like the cast gets along just fine. We hope that reflects in their onscreen chemistry. And lest we forget to mention, Bill Murray will be back in action in the Double Tap along with Dan Aykroyd. Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middledtch, Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, and Avan Jogia are some of the latest additions to the crew.

The movie will hit the screens on October 18. so get ready for a cold and crude zombie adventure.

 

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9 Upcoming Netflix Movies that are Worth Watching

by Emily Keen

Netflix has an interesting lot of cinema coming up in the days ahead. Here is a sneak peek into few of the must-watch upcoming features you definitely don’t want to miss. Have a look.

 

  1. Between Two Ferns: The Movie

An ill-tempered Zach G is defamed when Will Farrel projects a clip of his celebrity interview TV show as a laughing stock on Funny or Die. Zach decides to redeem himself and hits the road to shoot more high profile interviews with Hollywood stars. Directed by Scott Aukerman, the movie bifurcates from the genre of mainstream comedies with a special touch of Galifianakis comedy. Between Two Ferns is originally a web talk show of similar nature as shown in the movie. Galifianakis has famous guests from various sectors and asks insulting questions to the interviewees who return the gesture in their responses.

Release Date: September 20

 

        2. In the Shadow of the Moon

A mysterious serial killer resurfaces every nine years and a Philadelphia police officer, Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) is downright determined to find him. But the case facts fall beyond the confines of science and Lockhart is pushed over the edge by the obsession. The psychological thriller is directed by Jim Mickle and also stars Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman in very important roles.

Release Date: September 27

 

  1. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

El Camino picks up where the hit AMC TV series Breaking Bad left off in its last season. The TV series revolves around Walter White a chemistry professor with terminal lung cancer, who gets involved in a local drug trade to pay off his debts along with his student Jesse Pinkman. In the climax of the last season, Jesse makes a run from the captivity of neo-nazis who want him to formulate meth. The plot of El Camino builds up with Jesse coming to terms with his past and make choices for building a decent future for himself.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The King 

Roughly drawing inspiration from Shakespeare’s Henriad, The King is a period drama. A headstrong prince inherits the throne upon the death of his father and must take charge of an ongoing war and chaos threatening the kingdom. The King stars Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson in important roles.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Laundromat

Meryl Streep’s pleasant vacation unexpectedly turns into a quest to unravel an insurance scam. As more layers start coming off she learns of the involvement of Panama City law firm and their efforts directed towards nourishing the wealth of their rich clients. The founding partners (played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) through their incessant charm and expertise in shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich grow more wealth. Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) being a commoner naturally bears the brunt of tax evasion, bribery and other such treachery lurking in the financial framework of the world.

Release Date: October 18

 

  1. Dolemite Is My Name

Post numerous failed stand up gigs an epiphany changes Rudy Moore’s life as an artist. He assumes a new stage identity borrowed from the legends of Los Angeles streets- Dolomite. Bizarrely written scripts full of obscene legends and a pimpish outfit to go with it makes him a sensation in the world of comedy. But now he wants more than that. His dream now takes the shape of a movie about Blaxploitation. Through countless hurdles and challenges from rivals, the movie is finally materialized and turns out to be a smashing hit at the box office.

Release Date: October 25

 

  1. American Son

American Son is a drama following a mysterious disappearance of the Kendra Ellis-Connor’s son (Jamal). Estranged from her husband, a single mother Kendra rushes to the police to report the absence of her son. But in the light of timeframes governing the reporting of missing cases and typical patterns exhibited by youth behavior, the police officer refuses to dive in to investigate the case right away. Kendra’s husband, an FBI agent finally shows up and adds to her already miserable situation with misdirected emotions and futile arguments. The investigative feature seasoned with race politics is based on a Broadway play of the same name.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Forest of Love

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Director Sion Sono builds another of his typical scripts around a cold-hearted protagonist. The story explores the depth of darkness in the human mind. Jo Murata with his manipulative charisma convinces a group of filmmakers that his patchy relationship would form a good arc for their film. As the journey of filmmaking begins, it becomes hard to tell reality from lies. Gruesome and equally shocking acts follow as the limits of humanity are tested.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The Two Popes

Set in the backdrop of the Vatican city, the movie explores the events from the life of Pope Benedict and his unusual retirement in the vein of light-hearted humor. The movie though based on the critical event in the history of Papal supremacy maintains a breezy tone giving the viewers a glimpse into the personal conversations that happened between Pope Benedict (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (played by Johnathan Pryce). Directed by Fernando Meirelles with Anthony McCarten as a screenwriter, The Two Popes comes across as a bold attempt to deconstruct the life of a Vatican supreme beyond what the world can see.

Release Date: December 20

Make sure to check out Spotflik for updates as more films are announced.

 

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Goldfinch Falls at the First Hurdle

by Emily Keen

Time is hard for Dramas and Goldfinch figures have proved it. Where Jennifer Lopez’s thriller romp Hustlers swept a clean victory in its opening week, Goldfinch had the worst recorded opening numbers. The movie had a wide release across 2,542 screens. As per Box Office Mojo, the movie had the sixth worst opening for a debuting movie on almost over 2500 screens. It grossed at a weekend estimate of $2,640,000.

Dramas do find it hard to soar even with an impressive cast ensemble like Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort and Jeffrey Wright. An R rated one for that matter! The feature and could not impress the audience and hence lost the last ray of hope too- Verbal advocates!

Goldfinch is a feature adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. The movie opened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival days before its theatrical run. It could not impress the folks there either.

Goldfinch directed by John Crowley and written by Peter Straughan follows the life of a boy who loses his mother and how that shapes his life as an adult. The script swings across different timelines showcasing events from growing years of the protagonist’s life. It is intense and 150 minutes long. It at least needs a gripping plot to glue the minds swayed by the fad of event movies. It lacked the major element that is needed to survive in the theatrical marketplace of times.

The film has earned a 25% rating on the tomatometer from critics and a 74% fresh rating from only 674 users. It is not a shock since very few people show up at multiplexes intending to witness a soulful drama.

This is a third Warner Bros. of the month movie which saw a straight-up flatliner in the opening weekend. The movie has an IMDb average of 6.3 out of 10.

Goldfinch was set to make an opening figure of $5M-$8M. But the predictions dropped to a shocking $3M since it mostly ran for empty theatres.   It stood at #8 on the September 13-15 weekend box office chart. Amazon streaming is the only option the movie is left with to redeem itself.

It comes with a serious lesson for art-house dramas too. A festival opening might not be the best way to hype up a literary feature adaptation. Although many would argue, the deviation from the arcs of novel and poor handling of script caused it to crash hard.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more movie updates.

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Prey (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Prey (from Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation, and Blumhouse Productions) is a terrifying thriller which follows two youngsters trying to escape the wrath of a mysterious force that lurks deep in the jungle. The movie features Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth in the lead roles.

Release Date: 27 September 2019

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Michael Bay’s Next Project is Sony’s Black 5

by Emily Keen

If your brain is missing a dose of high-speed action, amidst firing guns and nasty explosions, we have good news!

Michael Bay is back to helming, with an action feature titled Black 5. The story is an original idea from the man himself but no details of the plot, have been spilled yet! Reports have it that the movie is being developed as a video game too, just like most Bay movies.

Ehren Kruger (Ghost in the Shell) will be doing the screenplay. Bay and Kruger go way back, as they have worked together on the script of multiple Transformer movies. Bay and Erwin Stoff will team up again after 13 Hours to produce the new high voltage action-adventure backed by Sony.

The details of Black 5 have not been addressed by the studio for now. The production is expected to begin in early 2020 as reported by ‘Variety’.

A typical Bay movie is an assortment of pyrotechnics, flying cars and fast cuts of mad war between patriots and enemies! Oh yes! And how can we forget his signature 360 spin shot! Considering his obsession with style over substance, it is safe to expect Black 5 to be an overhaul of a high energy tussle.

Michael Bay’s Transformers property has a cult following around the world and to date remains one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. The franchise returned to screens in 2018 with its latest spinoff- Bumblebee. The film was a blockbuster and well received by critics and audience at large. It was directed by Travis Knight with Bay as a producer.

Michael Bay’s take on shooting films is improvisation to the max and giving the audience a complete visual of his set. His art lies in punctuating the scenes in a way to provide the viewers with a sense of space.

Bay’s career highlights include ArmageddonPearl Harbor, Bad Boys, The Island, Pain & Gain and 13 Hours. He is currently working on a Netflix project starring Ryan Reynolds which is expected to release next year.  The director is also working on a sci-fi thriller titled Robocalypse, which happens to be an adaptation of a novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The script is penned by Seth Goddard and the plot is set in the wake of a robot insurgency.

For all we know, we have a lot of Bayhem coming up on the big screen in the next two years.

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The First look of Sophia Lillis Starrer Gretel and Hansel is Out!

by Emily Keen

The favorite fairy tale of all times gets an all-new spin. Hansel and Gretel our good ol’ bedtime story, is coming to life on the silver screen to scare your sleep away.

Only this time Gretel will be center stage. Sophia Lillis of IT and IT: Chapter 2 fame will be playing Gretel. The Orion Pictures’ upcoming horror feature titled Gretel and Hansel will be directed by Osgood “Oz” Perkins.

The creepy recreation of the fairy tale classic opens in theatres on January 31, 2020.

January is not exactly a prosperous time when it comes to cinema. But Gretel and Hansel might prove to be the Humdinger for the month of trashy movies.

Starring alongside Sophia Lillis will be a newcomer Sammy Leakey. The rest of the lineup includes Charles Babalola, Alice Krige, and Jessica De Gouw. Rob Hayes has finished working on the script and the production is already underway.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are co-producing the venture along with executive producers Sandra Yee Ling, Macdara Kellehe.

Sophia has soared to heights of fame with her appearance in Stephen King’s IT franchise. She will be back to play Beverly in the second installment releasing this September. Her big-screen debut was with the 2016 drama, 37. She has also featured in TV mini-series like Sharp Objects, and her own franchise Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.

Here is the first image of Sophia Lillis as Gretel, sourced from Orion Pictures.

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The plot of the re-imagined version of the gothic tale falls along the same lines as its original version. Gretel leads the brother (Hansel) to the woods in search of food and work. Except for this time, they will witness something far more horrifying than only a miserable witch.

The director did give away a few details about the plot. This is what he said in his statement:

“We tried to find a way to make it more of a coming of age story. I wanted Gretel to be somewhat older than Hansel, so it didn’t feel like two twelve-year-olds — rather a sixteen-year-old and an eight-year-old. There was more of a feeling like Gretel having to take Hansel around everywhere she goes, and how that can impede one’s own evolution, how our attachments and the things that we love can sometimes get in the way of our growth. Sophia Lillis is really fantastic. She has one of those faces that the camera immediately understands, which is something that rarely happens. For my style and for my taste, which tends to be minimalist and a little bit more mannered, she’s really a dream.”

Perkins described the plot of the movie as “awfully faithful to the original” fairytale. But will the audience embrace this creepy take on the legend of Hansel and Gretel? Only time can tell!

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Woody Harrelson to Make a Comeback in Venom 2

by Emily Keen

The cinematographer of Venom 2 in his recent interview dropped news about Woody Harrelson being a part of the second installment of the franchise.

The sequel will be helmed by Andy Serkis. Robert Richardson (Oscar-winning cinematographer) will be handling the cinematography.

Richardson was recently asked why he decided to work on Venom 2. In response to which he gave away a detail about an unknown cast member of the sequel. Woody Harrelson who made an appearance in the end credits scene of the first installment will be making a return in the sequel.

This is what Richardson told ‘Collider’:

“I was looking forward to entering into that arena with Batman years ago with Ben [Affleck]. I thought, ‘Well this is something I haven’t done that I would love to try to do.’ And then Andy Serkis, who I worked with on Breathe, gave me a call a month ago and said that he was up for this and would I be willing. I’d seen the film. I watched it again, then they sent me a script and I felt like, yeah, I would say yes anyway to Andy just because I would say yes to Andy, but I also think it’s a great… I think it’s unexplored yet, and it’s going to explode, and this film, I think, will help it explode, because you have a remarkable central character with Venom, but now you’ve got Woody Harrelson, who’s going to obviously make his own little entrance here, and we’ll see what else comes in with the Sony Marvel collaboration. I look forward to it. It’s a massive change for me, but I’m excited. I think Hardy is one of our best. He never misses. I so look forward to sitting with him and watching him perform.”

We know for a fact that the confirmation of Harrelson’s entry has not come from the higher-ups in Sony or even the Director. But can’t doubt the credibility of information coming from a person inner circle can we?

Speaking of the end credits scene we mentioned earlier, it shows Eddie Brock (the host to Venom) approach Cletus Kasady (portrayed by Woody Harrelson) a deranged serial killer for an interview.

Cletus says in his final statement “When I get out of here- and I will… there’s gonna be carnage”. The words were spoken and the comic cult went bonkers. Carnage was coming!

As per comics, Carnage is a symbiote who takes over Kasady. But, unlike Venom, he has no inclination towards rules and morals. Was that a sneak peek into the plot of the sequel?

As of yet, we do not have any reports on the arc of Venom 2. So will it be hard to predict the significance of Harrelson’s Carnage? Definitely! He could be a primary villain our guy Venom is slated to take down. Or he could be a part of the bigger problem altogether.

If you are wondering how Harrelson landed as the perfect piece of the puzzle, know that it’s not completely out of the blue. Ruben Fleischer (director of Venom) shared a professional history with the actor thanks to Zombieland. The team thus found the perfect Kasady!

As for Richardson, he seems delighted to be a part of the project, and couldn’t wait to work alongside Serkis and Hardy on this highly anticipated sequel. We do have confirmations that familiar faces will make a return in the upcoming installment of the franchise. Michelle Williams will be back as Eddie Brock’s former fiancée, Anne.

The possibility of a high voltage red vs black symbiote battle is gaining fad amongst fans. But what the sequel truly has in store will only be revealed in the October of 2020. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on Venom 2.

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Lucy in The Sky (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Lucy (played by Natalie Portman) is a female astronaut, moved by her first experience in space and on returning back to earth, sees her world as small and loses grip with reality. Directed by Noah Hawley, the plot unravels as Lucy tries to make it back into space amidst personal and professional challenges that arise due to her obsession.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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Nathan Fillion to Join the Ensemble of Suicide Squad 2

by Emily Keen

Nathan Fillion who is best known for his role in shows like Castle and Rookie will be making an entry into the DC universe. Although it is still unclear on what role he will be land in, the actor has been officially signed for the Suicide Squad 2.

The ensemble of the DC comic adaptation includes Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn). New additions to the cast include Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, David Dastmalchian as the Polka Dot Man and John Cena as Peacemaker. And just like Nathan, Idris Elba who is also officially on board the team has some mystery attached to his role as well.

James Gunn will be directing the sequel and the pre-production phase has already kicked in. Not to mention this is not the first time James and Fillion have been pairing up for a project. Their history goes way back when Fillion starred in Gunn’s Slither as well as in Super (a dark superhero comedy). Fillion also made his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he voiced for an alien in the Guardians of Galaxy.

Is Fillion’s role in Suicide Squad 2 is a crucial arc bearer or will he be seen just as a cameo? Well, that still remains a mystery!

Nathan Fillion is adored for his role as Captain Malcolm on Firefly, a series which aired just for one season but still has a cult following. Apart from Firefly, Fillion also starred in popular series like Modern Family and A series of Unfortunate Events. He was the voice of Green Lantern in animated DC series like The Death of Superman.

The sequel of Suicide Squad is said to be a total reboot of the first installment. James Gunn has refrained from calling this movie a ‘reboot’ or a ‘franchise’. Apparently, he has headed in a different direction altogether, not taking it down the same path as David Ayer did with Suicide Squad. The plot of the movie is still under wraps. The movie will open in theatres on August 6, 2021.

 

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How Crawl Redefines The Indie Movie Culture?

by Emily Keen

The usual tradition of a blockbuster studded summer faded this year. The season saw high budget films gauging the depths of the valleys while a different kind of horror-thriller cruised its way out. Crawl was the latest addition to a roaster of cheap thrill horror cinema. But unlike other indies, this one has a major studio back-up.

Florida is under a category 5 hurricane alert. After numerous failed attempts to reach out to her father, Hayley Keller(University of Florida swimming champion) decides to drive past the impending hazard to check in on him. The way to her childhood home passes through an alligator farm. This is where the audience gets a glimpse into the horror that lay cloaked under a dank natural disaster. She comes home to find her father bruised and trapped in the cellar, a “Crawlspace” of some sort. For the most part of the film, the action builds up in this very region of the house.

As the hurricane reins its fury, the house starts flooding and brings in a swarm of bloodthirsty alligators. The digital fruition of these bone-crushing jaws looks awfully real and earns the film its brownie points. Fun fact, the movie lacks environmental simulation and is primarily shot in a real space calibrated to align with the appearance of a disaster struck home. Hayley (played by Kaya Scodelario) is invariably seen dragging herself through a concoction of black muck even with gruesome gator bites. The script plays up with its highly interactive make-believe sets.

The film flaunts well-schemed attempts of failed rescue only to force in a few humans into the mouths of giants and fuel the uncertainty of survival for the central characters. Director Alexandre Aja creates spikes of panic with dysfunctional items like torches and phones. Kudos to the screenwriters for having appeased the audience with enough scenes of the bloodthirsty giants crunching away human carcasses and scaling the situation of the protagonists!

Even though the plot at large has essentially nothing new to offer, the script lifts off on a fresh note. It is a rather mediocre premise treating the audience with sporadic jolts of thrill. The director succeeds in creating moments of nail-biting tension and sequences which say Don’t Breathe (just to blow Sam Raimi’s trumpet who co-produced the film along with Aja and Craig Flores).

Amidst the mayhem caused by the water and the creatures, the skin-deep script is forced to flex dry emotional substance. The tension fades off for a while as the element of sentimental past kicks in.  The father-daughter duo tries to address issues from the past, which seem like an unruly attempt to mollycoddle a script aimed at inducing raw fear. Although even with a clichéd and redundant emotional angle, the scenes are well gauged to suit the lead actors’ clean and convincing performance.

Given Aja’s record as a successful indie filmmaker, Crawl was not screened at as many press events as it should have been. Where everyone was expecting Disney’s The Lion King remake to be the show stopper, Crawl did surprisingly well for a modest independent horror feature. Though the script draws several parallels with earlier releases in the league, the presentation is acute and effectively served.

All in all, Crawl has progressively perfected the conventional theme of man vs monster with appallingly realistic CGI and gallant performances from the leads.

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Disney’s Upcoming Animation Movie Revealed at the D23 Expo

by Emily Keen

Disney has spilled the beans on the film that was holding on to the November 2020 slot.

Raya & the Last Dragon is a fantasy action-adventure which draws its essence from the culture of Southeast Asia. The film was upstaged at the D23 Expo by Walt Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Lee.

The movie showcases the life of a warrior Raya, who is faced with a challenge of saving the Kingdom of Kumandra against a dark force. And for that, she needs to find the last surviving dragon.

The panel members at the Expo had the pleasure of witnessing a splendid 3-minute long footage from the movie.

The clip showed Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) and her younger brother, heading through a lush green forest and finally coming face to face with Sisu. Sisu is a gorgeous pink and teal dragon voiced by Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians fame.

Sisu can apparently also transform into an old woman. Raya is a highly skilled swordswoman.

The movie will be directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins who also have Frozen and Big Hero 6 to their credits. The script was composed by Crazy Rich Asians’ writer, Adele Lim. Osnat Shurer will be producing the venture which is slated for release on November 25, 2020.

The plot features an unconventional face of planet earth and a civilization that celebrates the power and wisdom of mythological creatures –The dragons. The dragons have all vanished from the planet except for one- Sisu. The Land of dragon in the age comprises five different clans. Raya takes up the challenge with a bunch of eccentrics to bring unity and light back to the land.

 

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Black Panther II Release Date Announced at the D23 Expo.

by Emily Keen

Kevin Feige officially took to the D23 expo stage to announce the release date for the sequel of Black Panther.

Black Panther II is coming to theatres on May 6, 2022.

Director Ryan Coogler was present at the event too. But as of yet none of the details regarding the movie plot or cast have been made clear. So we have no idea of who the villain is or even the title of the project.

Considering the release date of the film, we are thinking the movie will be a part of phase 5.

MCU phase 4 as of now consists of Black Widow and Eternals (2020); then Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder (2021).

Though there is no official statement as to which phase has been marked for the return of the King of Wakanda.

At D23 Marvel studios also made it clear that the Eternals cast will have Kit Harrington on board. The panelists and the audience were treated with the early looks of the stars. The audience also got another look into the world of Black Widow. Disney too showcased exclusive footages from Star Wars: Skywalker and Jungle Cruise.

As for the cast line up of the unnamed Black Panther sequel, the details of newer cast have been kept a low profile. Rumor has it that Namor the Sub-Mariner could be the upcoming villain. The status of Michael B Jordan’s involvement in the project, however, remains unclear.

There is still a long way for us to hear the Yibambe battle cries, but at least we know that the king will be back with a Fang!

 

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Unchartered’s Second Director Has Officially Shaken Off the Project

by Emily Keen

The week seems to get tougher by the hour for Tom Holland and Sony. First, it was the calling off the deal over Spiderman profits with Marvel. Fans are biting Sony’s head off for the abrupt decision.

And then comes the news that Dan Trachtenberg has emptied the director’s chair of Unchartered.

The 10 Cloverfield Lane director is the second one to bail out on the project. Shawn Levy was the first director who took up the directorial task and then had to drop it because of a slammed schedule. Earlier to that, two more folks including David O. Russell and Neil Burger were being prepped to helm the project. The latest draft of the script is written by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.

The film adaptation of a game series stars Tom Holland in the lead role and will begin production early next year. Sony confirmed Trachtenberg’s exit on Thursday.

In May 2019, Sony launched an exclusive studio ‘Playstation Productions’ solely dedicated to adapt its huge line up of Video games in Television and Films.

Unchartered is the first joint venture of Sony and ‘Playstation Productions’. The game series focuses on the adventures of Nathan Drake who lives as a treasure hunter. The fourth Series of Unchartered was a huge hit and sold around 15 million copies worldwide.

The movie, however, will narrate Drake’s life as a child and how he grows to become a treasure hunter, rather than directly diving into adulthood. None of the other cast except Tom Holland is announced as of yet. But considering the project already has a release date, the word on the remaining cast members should be out in the coming months.

Unchartered will be Holland’s fourth movie to open in theatres next year. His other projects include Dolittle, Pixar’s Onward and the long-awaited Chaos Walking which will release later in 2020.

 

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GO! (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Jack (William Lodder) is obsessed with Go-Kart racing but must learn to control his recklessness on the track. GO! unfolds as an aspiring engineer, Mandy (Anastasia Bampos), best mate Colin (Darius Amarfio-Jefferson) and mysterious mentor, Patrick (Richard Roxburgh) come together to help him win the National Go Kart Championship.

Release Date: 16 January 2020

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Ezra Miller Revives Dying Hopes, Lists The Flash as one of His Upcoming Projects

by Emily Keen

DC’s extended universe has faced quite many obstructions and The Flash is definitely at the forefront of all quandaries. The project has been under development for a long time now. But Ezra Miller pulsed up dying hopes in his recent interview.

Warner Bros. usually bets its money on sequels based on the success rate of predecessors. Apparently Justice League’s flat performance did not work in the favor of the ‘fastest man alive’. And without a doubt, The Flash’s production is bearing the brunt of its big-time failure.

But Ezra Miller’s latest statement comes as a ray of hope for the fans who eagerly await a solo flick of the scarlet speedster. In his recent visit to Seoul, Miller confirmed to ‘W. Korea’ that his upcoming projects include Fantastic Beasts 3 and The Flash.

Miller’s contribution to DC has so far been restricted to cameos he played in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. And later in Zack Snyder’s Justice League he got a significant screen time made the best use of it.

Miller in the skin of Barry Allen was loved by the audience for his naïve and outlandish spirit. It would not be wrong to say that he in his capacity added life to an otherwise dreary script of Justice League.

The movie significantly disrupted the dynamics of DC in its wake. Ben Affleck stepped down as Batman and Henry Cavill’s future as Superman dwells in a dungeon of doubt.

However, the major setback for The Flash has been the relentless shuffling of Directors. The film has seen at least 4 directors renouncing the project over creative differences. That is basically on Ezra Miller himself as he insisted on a screenplay which is more on the darker side as opposed to the vision of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The duo wanted the script to size up into a fun and playful experience. Similar differences arose with Seth-Grahame Smith and also Rick Famuyiwa when they took up direction of the speedster romp back in 2016.

Andy Muschietti has been sitting tight on the director’s chair since arrival and we hope it stays the same. With the stability at the director’s chair and a word of confirmation from Miller, the red streak is sure to light up the screens sometime in 2020.

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Jexi (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Jexi depicts the life of young Phil who finds a sounding board in his virtual assistant which soon turns out to be his worst nightmare The comedy feature is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It stars Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi.  The movie

Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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The ensemble of Ghost Draft Just Got More Interesting!

by Emily Keen

Stand up comedian Theo Von is the latest addition to the cast of Ghost Draft.

The Sci-fi thriller will be directed by Chris Mckay. The movie brings together an exciting ensemble which includes  Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Richardson.

The script penned by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque follows the experience of a man of the family who gets drafted to the future to fight a war that shall decide the fate of humanity. It all relies on the man’s ability to confront the issues of his past.

The movie will be produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly, and Adam Kolbrenner.

Von is currently busy with the Dark Arts tour which seems like a huge success with all shows sold out around the globe. This might need him to reorganize his filming schedule of Ghost Draft.

Amidst the busy schedule, Von will still continue doing his weekly podcast This Past Weekend. The podcast is a huge hit with 5 million downloads a week.

Skydance developed Ghost Draft along with Paramount and will be producing and financing the venture.

The David Ellison owned company is also known for some major franchises like Mission Impossible and Star Trek.

Von’s latest big project was called No offense, a stand comedy streaming on Netflix. It didn’t invite much of applause and was poorly acclaimed for being cliche. Looks like Von’s career could use a breath of fresh air and Ghost Draft has arrived just in time.

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The Sound of Silence (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A successful house tuner helps his clients by calibrating the sound of their homes to match their moods until he comes across a client whose problems lie beyond the scope of his skills. The film is directed by Michael Tyburski and stars Peter Sarsgaard in the lead role.

Release Date: 13 September 2019

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The Coach of 12 Mighty Orphans Finally Has a Face

by Emily Keen

Luke Wilson has officially stepped in the role of Coach Rusty Russel.

12 Mighty Orphans is a feature adaptation of Jim Dent’s novel of the same name. It documents true life events of a group of orphans chasing the title of Texas Football champions.

To summarize the plot- It shows the journey of a football coach and his team who inspires the crippling nation struck by Great Depression!

The Bottle Rocket star has an interesting line up of movie coming later in the year. Berlin: I Love you released earlier in 2019 and his upcoming projects include “The Goldfinch” and Zombieland: Double Tap.

The story of 12 Mighty Orphans is set in the era of WWI. Rusty Russel, trying to come to terms with his bitter past as an orphan, feels obligated to turn the fate of others like him. On discovering about the boys he decides to trade in as their coach and transforms them from a bunch of amateurs to potential champions.

The script has been penned collectively by Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison. The film will be co-produced by Mike De Luca, Houston Hill, Angelique De Luca in association with Greenbelt Films’ Brinton Bryan.

Production shall kick-off by fall. It will be filmed in Fort Worth, Texas as dictated by the original narrative.

Wilson in the skin of Russel seems like a pretty interesting choice given his journey that highlights comedy flicks as his forte. But then again it would be unfair to pigeonhole the actor into one genre since has maintained the balance when it comes to the choice of projects. Although his major credits do come with a stamp of humor.

In recent years he has dived into multiple low key ventures and even TV series and like DC’s Stargirl and Showtime’s Roadies. The hustle and shuffle only point to his gleaming versatility. The 12 Mighty Orphans seem to be in good hands after all!

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Bombshell (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Bombshell follows the lives of three women who bring down Fox News Channel boss, Roger Ailes. The movie stars Margo Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles and is directed by Jay Roach.

Release Date: December 2019

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Corporate Animals (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A tale of a corporate team-building trip gone wrong starring Demi Moore as a megalomaniac CEO, Corporate Animals builds up as a catastrophe strikes the people aboard. Now bonding is not a choice but more of a distraction they all need.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss Returning to Matrix 4

by Emily Keen

The year 2019 has been the year of franchises and as we speak, another one seems to have revived after a long long time.  Matrix 4 has been announced and we have familiar faces making a return.

As reported by ‘Variety’ Lana Wachowski will be writing and directing the movie. Good news is, Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will pair up again as Leo and Trinity for the fourth installment.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have teamed up to back this project which will return after a gap of 15 years.

The film is likely to begin shooting by the start of 2020, but producer and distributor Warner Bros. have not yet announced an official release date for the film. Matrix landed in 1999 as one of the trailblazing sci-fi action thrillers inspiring a revolution in the world of science fiction.

Considering the level of effort that goes into the creation of a Sci-fi marvel like Matrix, progressively perfecting the effects to meet the standards of the time, will take at least a year. So we can predict the release date will move further into 2021.

Keanu Reeves proved his worth as an action hero through the very Matrix Trilogy. Back in the days, Carrie Anne Moss was not a very familiar name either before she starred as Trinity in the Franchise. She portrayed the role of a hacker who had the ability to break out from the Matrix. Both actors did their lifting quite well and that was also a major factor in the success of the Matrix Universe.

There is still a degree of uncertainty around Morpheus’ character which was played by Laurence Fishburne. The fourth narrative involves the younger self of the character as reported by trade report. This essentially points towards a recasting.

Fishburne and Keanu Reeves have however teamed up outside the matrix franchise for a couple of movies including John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

The first Matrix movie was considered a game-changer and grossed over $460 million at the box office. It was not just the sci-fi storyline that fired up the brand. Everything from culture to the filming was unique and par excellence.

The subsequent movies in the trilogy were a definite success but unlike the predecessor were not at the top of their game. And just like that, the franchise faded into oblivion.

But the announcement of the unnamed fourth sequel has awakened the sentiments of the Matrix cult. And having the same faces recreate the electrifying chemistry of Leo and Trinity stirs up further nostalgia.

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Spiderman Retreats from MCU as Marvel and Sony Call Off their Agreement

by Emily Keen

News is out that Sony has called off its agreement with Marvel in response to Disney’s demands over Spiderman’s collections. Post the massive success of Spiderman: Far From Home, the news comes as a shocker. Though not for Sony as it is definitely capable of carrying forward the Franchise as it did earlier. For fans who loved Marvel’s involvement in the creative process, this comes as a disappointment.

Sony went public confirming the news on Tuesday night.

“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own”. “Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.” Sony said in its statement.

The reps of Disney and Marvel were not available to clear their side of the story.

Post the split Kevin Feige, Vice President of Marvel Studios will not produce any Spiderman films. But as Sony has hinted, things may change in the future.

What exactly caused this abrupt decision?

Disney apparently insisted on a half and half agreement on co-financing the MCU Spiderman movies which Sony outwardly rejected. The Current arrangement gets Marvel a five percent of the gross box office revenue that a Spiderman movie makes. Disney’s proposal would have proved a substantial boost to MCU’s share. Sony, however, wanted things to remain as they are. Disney could not be unhappier and let the deal go void.

Disney and Sony’s talks on splitting the Spiderman profits have been in talks for months now. As a part of an update to the deal that closed in 2015, Marvel would produce the movies while Sony still owned the brand and the retained creative, distribution, financial control.

Disney’s offer of update would cover the future Spiderman movies that are currently in development. As reported by ‘Deadline’, Sony’s executives Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra rejected the demands without even a counteroffer.

Sony’s decision implies it is pretty much convinced of the success of the franchise without any involvement from the mouse house or MCU. Sony’s upcoming lineup of projects is also very rich with Two Spiderman films, Venom 2, a Morbius movie and a film about Kraven the Hunter.

Marvel does not seem in the bad place either! With the recent acquisition of Fox by Disney, MCU now has access to an assortment of comics that it always wanted to bring into its universe.

The X-Men Franchise will now be under Fiege’s umbrella who also wants to pull Deadpool into the Marvel world. But will he not regret losing his favorite Spidey?

Most importantly what does this mean for the MCU fans who loved having Spiderman in their favorite verse? After having delivered high voltage romps like Endgame and Far From Home, Spiderman had become a crucial force in the MCU dynamic. Will fans be able to come to terms with the fact that the awkward and funny Peter Parker will never cross paths with other marvel heroes?

As we dig deeper, numerous questions arise and complexities seem evident.

Only time will tell the impact of the decision on the future of the Spiderman franchise.

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The Opening Weekend for Gemini Man Looks Tough

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man is set to release in October 2019 and ‘Box office Pro’ has predicted its numbers for the opening weekend. The Sci-Fi thriller brings in a unique concept to the genre with Ang Lee calling Action!

The script sees Will Smith as an executioner wanting to give away his career as a killer and stumbling upon a clone of his younger self. The young doppelganger is blessed with a potentially toxic ability to predict his thoughts and actions.

Though the doubled up Smith factor looks like a selling point it may not turn out to be one of Will’s career highlights. Per ‘Box Office Pro’ the opening weekend will bring in between $25-30 million. That makes it join the pack of other moderate hits that Smith has had like Bad Boys II, Hitch, and I, Robot.

What does not really look in its favor is the time of its release. The movie releases one week after DC’s Joker. If the Joaquin Phoenix starrer works up its magic over mature audiences it could be bad news for Gemini Man.

Squaring off directly against Gemini Man in the same weekend is the animated feature The Addams Family. The film is expected to open somewhere in between $16-$21 million and is meant for a younger audience. Yes! It does not sound like much of a competition for a Will Smith fan-base, fascinated by movies like I Am Legend and Enemy of the State.

Another reason is the idea of the plot being drawn in from the trailers. Visually the pic draws in vibes similar to Looper and other movies in the “man vs self” genre. This could act against its success in the initial phase of release. Word of mouth could save some losses if the script out-does the impact of the movies it is being judged against.

Aladdin proved to be the highest point of Will Smith’s career. The movie came out in a time when it seemed like his presence was not enough to get an audience pouring in. Although Aladdin was more of a brand success, Smith’s portrayal of Genie was acclaimed by the audiences at large.

Speaking of Gemini Man, the nerdy buffs do have more to look forward to than just the faces and story. The surreal moment of having a de-aged Smith head-to-head his older self is a technological marvel to watch out for. And just like Ang Lee’s last venture Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, this film has a frame rate of 120 FPS. Not much of attention magnet, the format had invited concerns of diminishing cinematic experience owing to overtly realistic visuals.

Gemini Man is set for release on October 11. It is definitely untimely to predict its success rate without watching what it has in store. The audience’s perception without a doubt remains a major factor in powering up its numbers.

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Marriage Story (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Marriage Story is a comedy-drama feature directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Driver, Scarlet Johansson, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Merritt Wever, and Azhy Robertson. The story revolves around a couple – a stage director and his actor wife, who go through a crippling divorce that pushes them to the extremity in personal and professional lives.

Releasing Date: 29 August 2019

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Michael Rooker is the latest addition to Fast and Furious 9

by Emily Keen

Guardians of Galaxy fame Michael Rooker is officially on board for Fast and Furious 9.

The sizzling line up made of Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Helen Mirren will now be joined by Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, and Vinnie Bennett.

Rooker who played Yondu (Peter Quill’s mentor) in the Guardians of Galaxy, landed the role of Buddy in the ninth sequel of The Fast and Furious series. His addition to the roster was confirmed by ‘Deadline’.

Yondu’s character dies at the end of the second volume of the Guardians of the Galaxy while saving Peter Quill. Superhero movies are known for invariably scheming resurrections, but that won’t happen to Yondu. Director James Gunn made it pretty clear that he had no plans of bringing Rooker’s character back to life in Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 3.

With the production kicked off in June 2019, not many details of Fast and Furious 9 are known yet. Justin Lin is back at the helm after having amazingly delivered the pitches of third through sixth parts of the franchise. The script is penned by Daniel Casey.

Rooker already has Harold Becker’s Sea of Love, Tony Scott’s Days of Thunder, Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning and Oliver Stone’s JFK to his credits. The year 2020 seems quite overwhelming for Rooker who will also star in Amazon’s The Dark Tower pilot. His imminent projects for the year include Fantasy Island releasing on February 28 and Monster Problems on March 6.

Fast and Furious 9 will be hitting the screens on May 22, 2020. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will not be a part of the film thanks to their commitments to Hobbs and Shaw. But it would be interesting to watch where the script goes with Rooker’s coming in. Also for fans who crept out thinking this could be a wrap, be assured that the tenth installment is already in place with April 2021 locked in for release.

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Spiderman: Far From Home to Re-release with Extended Cut

by Emily Keen

Spiderman: Far from home will sling back to the theatres on August 29 with a full scale extended cut.

The extended version will be showcased in IMAX and other large formats in select areas. The web-slinger re-release promises four minutes of brand new action sequences that will get fans pouring in for the second time.

The sequel starring Tom Holland proved a major success on Sony’s watch. The Sony/Marvel spin-off opened locally on 2nd July and went on to be the biggest success in Sony’s 95-year-old history. It is now officially Sony’s highest-grossing exclusively owned project beating Skyfall, as ‘Deadline’ reported this morning. It is also the only non-Disney movie to hit $1B this year.

It’s been three weeks since the film smashed a record of worldwide collection and Sony decides to role the dice one last time for the Labor Day weekend.

Far from home has Spidey coming to terms with the death of his mentor while trying to stick to his old reputation of a friendly neighborhood Spiderman. It is just heartwarming to see a kid who just had a battle of universal scale coming back to his old awkward form. Just as his life is starting to spell normal another other-worldly threat looms in. And there begins a battle that will in true sense determine his worth as an avenger.

The selling point remains to be Holland’s adorable Peter Parker. Him wanting to pour his heart to his love interest (Zendaya) and then messing up his love story for his duties as a superhero is phenomenally portrayed.

With the forever likable Holland and eagle-eyed Fury watching his six, they throw in more charm with Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. He picks up the thread dropped by Tony Stark, taking up as Parker’s new mentor. What else would a winning Spiderman script look like?

And the re-release! Well, that just looks like a success party where fans get to savor up the experience with extra spice.

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Underwater (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Underwater follows an account of a crew of underwater researchers who come face to face with an underwater calamity and must then find their way to safety from their wrecked subterranean laboratory. Starring Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, and John Gallagher Jr., the film is directed by William Eubank.

Releasing Date: 10 January 2020

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Why ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ did not fare well at the box office?

by Emily Keen

Forbes had a pretty empirical justification for why the Godzilla: King of monsters was not able to recreate the magic as Godzilla did. It was the five-year gap the makers took to release a sequel. The void created by the Godzilla Franchise was substantially filled in by two Jurassic Park movies, Rampage, The Meg, Pacific Rim: Uprising and Kong: Skull Island.

Another argument could be the unpopular cast line up of the sequel, which could not compete with the popular faces of Kong: Skull Island – Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, and John Goodman.

The monster movies genre squeezed in multiple scripts in a period in which Godzilla could have launched a sequel. It would not be wrong to assume that the audience by now was almost saturated for another tale of monster combat.

King of Monsters released at the end of May 2019. Considering the competition it faced from Aladdin, John Wick 3 and Detective Pikachu, it obviously stood a very little chance of reviving its old record of collections ($200,676,069 in the household market).  And of course, how can we forget the show stopper of the year – Avengers Endgame that brought down Avatar from the spot of number one grossing movie that it held for almost a decade.

Godzilla: King of Monsters’ domestic collection as of 18/08/19 stood at $110,381,893.

The theatrical run of the sequel is wrapping away and Blu-ray is set to release on August 27. The only hope that the franchise is now left with is Godzilla vs Kong releasing on 13 March 2020. Godzilla vs Kong will be directed by Adam Wingard and written by Terry Rossio. Adam Wingard has already tried his hands at thriller and supernatural flicks like The Guest and Death Note respectively.

Godzilla vs Kong will be his first dive into the monster verse. For him, the project definitely looks like a catch-22. But let’s not forget that King of Monsters was Michael Dougherty’s first attempt into the monster films league too. And if it wasn’t for the factors of the gap and a fatigued audience, it was no less than a jaw-dropper.

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Good boys saves the day for Universal post the abrupt ban on The Hunt.

by Emily Keen

Good Boys ranked number one at the box office this weekend.  The original comedy had the second-highest opening behind Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Funeral.

This is Universal’s second original film of the year to reach number one after Us in March. Universal’s low budget line up apparently seems to play well at the field.

But that’s not all that the original R rated comedy accomplished. It managed to grab the top spot with one Disney studio release in the running. Disney movies are notorious for invariably calling dibs on the first two spots when it comes to collections.

The story of Good Boys revolves around boys in their pre-teens who set out on the journey to uncover the norms of sexuality in anticipation of a kissing party- through a series of shenanigans and forbidden activities of course. Remember Porky’s (1981)? Except Porky’s was about teenagers!

Gene Stupnitzky in his directorial debut has served the plot just right and with consistent hilarity and a hint of uniqueness to an abundantly rich genre. Although $21 million may not be a very impressive opening collection, for mid-August, the #1 spot accomplishment stays noteworthy for an R rated original comedy feature.

Hobbs And Shaw went on to take the second spot in its third week. The Fast and Furious spin-off could not retain it’s the top position for obvious reasons – a dreary script that lacked conviction. It surprisingly stands tight in the household with the Chinese market is yet to throw in into the global collection.

The Disney remake The Lion King stood at the third spot with $11.9 million. The movie is now the tenth highest-grossing movie of the time with a global collection of $1.4 billion.

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Henry Golding will star in upcoming GI Joe Spin off?

by Emily Keen

Buzz is that Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding will be the lead of upcoming G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes.

The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke who also has Insurgent and Red to his credits.  The script has been crafted by the writer of Beauty and the Beast’s Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Snake Eyes was initially launched in Hasbro’s 1980 GI Joe’s toy line.  The live-action reboots of GI Joe featured actor and martial arts artist Ray Park in the role of this enigmatic assassin.

Paramount and Hasbro are looking to experiment with the franchise post the not so successful landing of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In the recent writer’s gathering aimed at pitching in ideas for a new script, majority zeroed in on exalting Snake Eyes. This decision was highly driven by the character’s popularity among the viewers.

Snake Eyes is a ninja commando onboard G.I. Joe’s anti-terrorist military wing. The stealth warrior is accompanied on every mission by his pet wolf Timber. He follows a pitch-black dress code in contrast to his antagonistic counterpart Storm Shadow. And since a family spin to a story always works, Storm Shadow happens to be Snake eyes’ blood brother. The battle between the two has set a benchmark in the history of cinematic sword fights.

Now that’s one square off we all would love to savor without any distractions and limitations that occurred in G.I. Joe mainstream scripts.  There is still some confusion going around the overall storyline being a reboot or a sequel.

The last two movies of the property did not prove a major success. Even a gleaming line up of a star cast with Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum could not set the box office on fire. Explains why Paramount is desperate for a change!

Henry Golding has already worked up his charm on-screen with a successful rom-com flick that released last August. There is also a lot of hype around his upcoming holiday movie Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke.

The ex television presenter is still in talks for the role of Snake Eyes. But we hope he lands the role since it demands someone of his charisma.

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Taika Waititi’s Next project is a Soccer Documentary, Not Thor 4!

by Emily Keen

Taika Waititi’s upcoming project is Next Goal Wins. The film is based on a British soccer documentary of the same name and was directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. The feature adaptation of the documentary will have Iain Morris working on it along with Taika Waititi. Fox Searchlight has effectively backed Waititi with his abrupt new project.

Next Goal Wins depicts an uplifting account of the American Samoa soccer team. Dutch coach, Thomas Rongen takes up the challenge to train this team against the tide of their “forever losers” reputation to becoming strong World cup contenders. The doc premiered at 2014 Tribeca Film festival and also created quite a buzz at British Independent Film Awards by winning the Best Documentary.

This classic “underdogs prepping for a winning streak” narrative, has won hearts with its comical mood. And who better than Waititi, to serve a strong storyline with a dash of humor?

Imaginarium Productions owned by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish bought the rights to this documentary in 2015. Following which, they approached Waititi to direct the adaptation who then got Garret Basch to produce it.

For a director to write and direct three completely different movies and yet deliver an incredible experience each time seems challenging. Starting from Jojo Rabbit, Next Goal Wins and then Thor: Love and Thunder, the ride seems pretty schizophrenic.

Marvel’s Thor 4, will kick start production at the beginning of 2020. It was surprising to see Waititi giving a nod to another directorial venture in the wake of Jojo. But since Next Goal wins is relatively a smaller project, it shall wind up well in time for the helmer to begin with the MCU sequel. Disney has locked in November 5, 2021, for the release of Thor: Love and Thunder.

Fox Searchlight seems head over heels for Waititi post making of Jojo Rabbit. Set in the era of Nazi Germany Jojo Rabbit is a satirical depiction of the life of a naïve young boy. The feature stars Scarlet Johanson, Rebel Wilson and Waititi himself in a very crucial role. It is set to release on October 18. The period drama is galloping high hopes of an Oscar.

The New Zealand based actor turned director has introduced audiences to the most pristine regions of the comical spectrum. It would be interesting to watch how he recreates the impact of a successfully narrated soccer story with a “Waititi spin” to it.

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It’s Official! Andy Serkis is Directing Venom 2

by Emily Keen

Andy Serkis will be calling the shots for the sequel to ‘Sony-MCU’s’antihero antic – Venom 2. Serkis took to his Instagram to validate the news of him stepping into the MCU film franchise as the helmer.

Venom (2018) is a ‘Sony pictures’ powered venture and a spin-off from Marvel’s Spiderman franchise. Starring Tom Hardy, the movie was poorly acclaimed for a mechanical build-up of a storyline and squeezing in untimely humor. Although critics slammed this movie left and right, nothing stopped it from bringing in a massive 856.1 million USD. Hardy’s acting chops did a major save to a sloppy script then. As for the sequel, he will be writing the script himself, in addition to starring in it.

Serkis at ‘TCA’ press tour revealed that Hardy has already begun working on the script along with screenwriter Kelly Marcel. He said, “Tom is very involved with the writing with Kelly Marcel of the new story, so it’s very much centered around their take”.

He went on to express his excitement of finally being able to work with Hardy. “I’ve known Tom for many years and I have always admired him hugely as an actor and producer. We’ve always wanted to work together directly. I am deeply excited to work with Tom Hardy and to work with all the great actors who are involved in it. It’s a fantastic franchise. I am really honored to have been asked to direct it and it feels like it’s a very contemporary story. I think it’s going to be hopefully an extraordinary piece of cinema” he added.

Hollywood is currently experiencing a trend of obsession with screenplay and writing. Studio reps gather a bunch of writers and screenwriters to pitch in ideas for a movie before they grab the best ones. This happens mostly in case of franchises.

We really can’t wait to see how the Marcel-Hardy team-up works for Venom 2. Recent reports state the deal between Serkis and Sony was closed earlier this week and the shoot shall begin by fall.

This is Serkis’ third attempt as a director, the first two being Breathe(2017) and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle(2018). Andy Serkis is known for his legendary performance in the Lord of Rings Trilogy as Gollum. He is known as the wizard of motion-capture performance and is also incredibly CG savvy.  This is what conveniently bagged him this role as a director for Venom 2!

He got a knack of direction while sharing second unit direction role with Peter Jackson for the Hobbit trilogy. He has performances like Snoke in Star Wars and Klaw in Marvel’s Black Panther to his credits.

It is only left for us to see if his charm can turn around Venom’s dreary reputation among critics!

Sony has still not spilled the beans on the release date of Venom 2. Although there are reports of an MCU sequel hitting screens in the October of 2020! Could be the last piece of the puzzle we are looking for.

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